McDonnell welcomes Skidelsky report on reducing the working week
John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on Lord Skidelsky’s independent report on reducing working time, said:
“Something is very wrong with how the world of work has changed in recent years.
“Millions are working long hours, while others don’t get the regular hours they need.
“I’d like to thank Lord Skidelsky for his meticulously researched report which we will study and draw on when looking at how we can reduce the typical working week without loss of pay.”
Lord Skidelsky was commissioned by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell to report on the feasibility of, and policy pathways to, reducing working time.
His report made several recommendations, which the Labour Party has received with interest and will now consider, including:
- Establishment of sectoral social partnership forums.
- Use of state procurement policies to establish pay, conditions and hours in the private sector.
- Improvement and enforcement of individual time rights, including ending the opt-out provision from the EU Working Time Directive.
Notes to Editors
- Laura Pidcock, speaking at TUC Congress earlier this week, committed that “Sector-wide collective bargaining will set minimum and legally binding pay, terms and conditions for every employer and every worker in the sector” https://labour.org.uk/press/laura-pidcock-speech-tuc-congress/
- Lord Skidelsky’s report can be downloaded at https://progressiveeconomyforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/PEF_Skidelsky_How_to_achieve_shorter_working_hours.pdf