Reducing working time: A series of case studies from across Europe

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(12 February) EPSU has launched a series of case studies to explore how trade unions across Europe are addressing working time reduction. Monthly publications will provide unique insights and shed a light on innovative approaches and strategies shaping the future of work. The first article was published in January and covered recent developments in AustriaThis month, the focus is on Iceland.

Earlier this year, the Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation committed to “support campaigns for reduced working time, and to put control of working time flexibility in the hands of the worker.” The debate about shorter working time has also been given momentum by the global four-day week campaign and its various pilot projects across Europe and North America.

The issue is also generating discussions across the public services. EPSU affiliates in several countries have taken initiatives to campaign for and negotiate reductions to working time.

Working time changes also feature in EPSU’s draft Programme of Action that will be debated at its Congress in June. In the lead up to that debate EPSU has commissioned Lionel Fulton of the Labour Research Department to produce a series of articles that examine recent examples of how affiliates in other trade unions have negotiated or plan to campaign on the issue.

We will update the list as we publish new leaflets. Stay tuned!

Reducing Working Time case studies:




Austria Iceland