The Global 4 Day Week Campaign Officially Launches
Hot on the heels of the Spanish government’s adoption and promotion among businesses of the 4 Day Week flexible work model, policy analysis in Ireland, and business trials spanning the globe, the multinational 4 Day Week Coalition of businesspeople, academics, researchers and authors is calling for signatures on the petition to make the 4 Day Week a reality for businesses and workers around the world. The movement has already attracted a diverse group of supporters, including climate activist Bill McKibben, economist Dean Baker, and mental health advocate The Nap Ministry.
To support the campaign and amplify the petition’s call to action, a fundraising element will support local initiatives to reduce work hours; continue to fund research into the benefits and practicalities of reduced-hour work, both at a macro level and at specific geographical and industry levels; and develop resources to support businesses to pilot and maintain a 4 Day Week, thereby moving more enterprises and employees around the world into the future of work.
In the last two years, thousands of companies have moved from working five eight-hour days (40 hours) to four eight-hour days (32 hours) without cutting pay or benefits for employees, and without sacrificing productivity or profitability. A century after industrialized countries transitioned from the six-day to the five-day week, the 4 Day Week Coalition says the human capacity for innovation, along with entrenched issues around worker health and the climate emergency, means we are overdue for an update: it is time for business to move to a 4 Day Week.
How employees and workers can get involved by signing the petition and donating at petition.4dayweek.com.
How founders, employers and business leaders can get involved – Contact 4 Day Week Global to learn more about implementing the 4 Day Week; sign and share the petition; make a commitment to trial and move towards a 4 Day Week; donate to support the transition of more businesses to a 4 Day Week.