Left-wing politicians are calling for a 30-hour week

The Left advocates a “general reduction in working hours to 30 hours a week full-time”. Then there will be more time for other things. This is what it says in a new position paper.

Allowing sufficient time for family and care work, for political interference, personal training and leisure - this is what the Left wants to make possible for workers with a 30-hour week.

FLeading politicians on the left are calling for a 30-hour week to be introduced for all workers. This is justified, among other things, with the digitization of the economy and society, as emerges from a position paper by party chairman Katja Kipping, MEP Martin Schirdewan and the member of the Berlin House of Representatives, Katalin Gennburg, which is available to the editorial network Germany (RND / Sonntag).

“We need a general reduction in working hours to 30 hours a week full-time in order to allow everyone to benefit from the productivity gains and to give everyone enough time for family and care work, for political interference, personal training and leisure,” according to the RND in the paper.

The new digital technologies could make human work easier and unleash productivity potential for the benefit of all. They should not “lead to the compression of work, to increased stress, to increased control by the management, to the shifting of activities to collective bargaining subcontractors and to pressure on collective bargaining standards, wages and working conditions”. The left-wing politicians also called for the co-determination rights of the workforce and their works councils to be protected and expanded on the use of technologies.

Kipping, Schirdewan and Gennburg also advocate limiting the power of market-dominating digital companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple & Co. “The new monopolies must be unbundled,” it says in the paper.