A four-day working week is unrealistic, according to a Labour party-commissioned report that undermines a policy the party is considering. Shadown chancellor John McDonnell tweeted that “something must change” after Lord Robert Skidelsky’s report said a reduction in working hours “is both desirable ethically and desired by most people”. Read more: John McDonnell poised to back widening of UK financial tax But the report stopped short of recommending capping people’s hours. It said such a move “is not realistic or even desirable” due to different sectors’ requirements of staff. “Millions work long hours, while others don’t get the regular hours they need. Something must change,” McDonnell said. “I’d like to thank Lord Skidelsky for his report which we will study & draw on when looking at how to reduce the typical working week without loss of pay.” Skidelsky called the UK’s capitalist structure “an offence to the gods” and accused the financial system of making economic growth “an end in itself”. “Material wealth is the means to a better life, not the better life itself,” his report concluded. However, his report found that a policy slashing back the working week to four days could be “ineffective”. “Rather, a general reduction… Read full this story
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