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Britons Should Cut Down To Four-Day Working Week, Leading Doctor Claims

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/britons-should-cut-down-to-fourday-working-week-leading-doctor-claims-9577004.html

People should only work for four days a week to reduce their stress levels, allow them to take more exercise and see their families, one of Britain’s leading public health doctors has said.

Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, said the UK is suffering from a “maldistribution of work” where some people work far too hard and others not at all. Reducing the working week to four days would redress the balance, he argued.

“We need a four-day week so that people can enjoy their lives, have more time with their families, and maybe reduce high blood pressure because people might start exercising on that extra day,” he told The Guardian.

“When you look at the way we lead our lives, the stress that people are under, the pressure on time and sickness absence, [work-related] mental health is clearly a major issue.

“We should be moving towards a four-day week because the problem we have in the world of work is you’ve got a proportion of the population who are working too hard and a proportion that haven’t got jobs. We’ve got a maldistribution of work. The lunch hour has gone: people just have a sandwich at their desk and carry on working.”

An excellent idea more leisure time for consumption.

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I hear the Chinese are thinking of cutting back to a six-day work week in a decade or two. And maybe even as little as twelve hours a day.

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To put the headline another way:

Britons should cut down to 4 day week says person who could afford the cut and would expect to be paid the same anyway.

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If we had invested in technology and robotics we'd be able to do 3 day weeks and still compete.

Instead we let the banks screw us over the cost of land for fees to them with money that did not exists, led by the government and the bankrupt of england; whilst the very industries we could have led the world in were shut down and exported.

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If we had invested in technology and robotics we'd be able to do 3 day weeks and still compete.

I could have lived on a three day week if I didn't have to work one day to pay rent and one and a half days to pay taxes.

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I would gladly.

But then I'd get shit-canned for someone who will do Mon-Fri.

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If we had invested in technology and robotics we'd be able to do 3 day weeks and still compete.

Instead we let the banks screw us over the cost of land for fees to them with money that did not exists, led by the government and the bankrupt of england; whilst the very industries we could have led the world in were shut down and exported.

1st paragraph you are wrong.

2nd you are right.

we have invested. Even our current productivity should mean we should only have to work 3 days a week and have the same (or better) income. Only problem is it has been stolen by banksters and the public sector.

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One day a week would be nice....better than nil days a week

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We should've been on four day weeks years ago. Technology got to the stage where it's possible to survive without much worry about starving, freezing, or dropping dead from some gruesome disease quite a while back. It's frankly stupid that any technological developments since then haven't been used to drop the amount we work. Makes me question the point of most of it, beyond providing a few toys and distractions.

A three-day weekend is a massive improvement over two. At the end of the year I used up my remaining holiday on four day weeks instead of in a block, every weekend felt like a break instead of something over and done with in no time.

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We should've been on four day weeks years ago. Technology got to the stage where it's possible to survive without much worry about starving, freezing, or dropping dead from some gruesome disease quite a while back. It's frankly stupid that any technological developments since then haven't been used to drop the amount we work. Makes me question the point of most of it, beyond providing a few toys and distractions.

A three-day weekend is a massive improvement over two. At the end of the year I used up my remaining holiday on four day weeks instead of in a block, every weekend felt like a break instead of something over and done with in no time.

financialisation is the culprit. Why borrow 4 days worth when you can borrow 5?

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financialisation is the culprit. Why borrow 4 days worth when you can borrow 5?

We do seem to have generated a completely moronic system where it's all about keeping that system running rather than providing the means to live happier, more satisfying lives (which should be the only thing that really matters, and anything else just a means to that end). Almost the reverse seems to be what we have.

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