3 April 2017
The Green Party has announced plans to investigate the possibility of a three day weekend.
In their speech to Spring Conference this weekend (Friday 31 March) Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas promised to look into “radical” new policies to “redefine the relationship between work and life” and address the reality of 21st Century working practices.
Caroline Lucas said to Conference:
“We need a political movement that redistributes both money and power. One that redefines the relationship between work and life.
“One that embraces the future. Pioneering and forward facing. A future better balanced between what we own and who we are – and more focussed on what genuinely makes us happier.
“A future of radical innovation and creative disruption. That embraces a 3-day weekend, and a universal basic income.”
Speaking after Conference Caroline Lucas said:
“There’s a lot of evidence that suggests that when people are exhausted their productivity goes down.
“We are now the sixth largest economy in the world. People are working ever more hours getting ever more stressed, ever more ill health and mental health problems.
“What we want to do is take a step back and think, what is the purpose of the economy? What kind of country do we want to be? And do we really want a future where all of us are trying to work even harder, taking our work home with us and working evenings and weekends.”