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Progressive Party Proposal Accepted by the Government
“Suggesting not to spend 66.7 billion won for 3 years”
The business world is “crazy in the midst of the corona”

The streets of Barcelona, ​​Spain, ahead of last year’s Christmas season. Barcelona AP/Yonhap News

The Guardian reported on the 15th (local time) that Spain is promoting the world’s first pilot project of a four-day working week system at the government level. The Guardian cited an official from the Spanish Ministry of Industry and said that the government discussions on the pilot project of the 4-day work week system are in the early stages. This move is due to the government’s acceptance of the proposal for a pilot project by the small progressive party Mas Pais (more countries). Mas Pais proposed a plan to implement a four-day working week system for the next three years for the desired companies. The government compensates for the cost of reducing working hours in full in the first year of the business, 50% compensation in the second year, and 33% compensation in the last year. Mars Pais set a total project cost of 50 million euros (about 66.7 billion won). The party said to the Guardian, “It is predicted that about 200 companies and 3,000 to 6,000 workers will participate.” He predicted that a business could start as early as this fall. However, a government official said that as the discussion is in the beginning, detailed matters such as cost, number of participating companies, and schedule have not been decided yet. The Guardian explained that the four-day work week system is drawing attention from around the world as interest in personal well-being and work-life balance increases due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19). Mas Pais founder Inigo Erejon said, “Spanish workers work more than the European average, but we are not on the axis of a highly productive country,” he said. “Working a lot doesn’t necessarily mean you do better.” Emphasized. The political party explained that last year, when a local company’Software Dell Sol’ introduced a four-day work week, absenteeism decreased, productivity and worker happiness increased. However, some of the business world criticized it as “crazy” to reduce working hours during the economic downturn caused by the Corona 19 incident, the Guardian said. Ricardo Murr, chairman of the Aragon branch of Spain’s largest economic organization, CEOE, pointed out in a forum late last year that “to get out of the current crisis, we have to do more, not less.” yunhap news

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