Kipping calls for "Task Force Reduction of Working Hours"

Katja Kipping, about dts
Katja Kipping, about dts
In view of the support from the SPD for her push for a four-day week, the outgoing left-wing chairwoman Katja Kipping called on Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) to form a "task force" quickly.

"The popularity of the four-day week is so great that it is high time to take concrete steps," said Kipping of the "Rheinische Post" (Friday edition). "I propose a 'Task Force on Working Hours Reduction' from the opposition and government, from trade unions and companies, as well as from civil society and academia."

The first approach to reducing working hours could be the automotive industry, in which short-time work and the threat of job losses are currently dominating the picture. Since Heil had expressed sympathy for the four-day week, he could invite the expert group to work out the suggestions for the practical implementation of the reduction in working hours, said Kipping. Politicians must tackle the goal of a 30-hour or four-day week as the new normal. It owes it to the employees to seize the opportunity and to develop the working conditions in such a way that they can be better reconciled with the different situations of the people. Studies have shown that reducing working hours not only makes employees happier, but also healthier and more productive.