Time has come for four-day week, say European politicians

Left-leaning parties and trade unionists argue that working patterns need to be rethought

The UK, Germany, Spain and other countries should adopt a four-day week to help their economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic, according to former shadow chancellor John McDonnell and group of leftwing politicians and union officials from across Europe.

A four-day week would help deal with the economic fallout of the pandemic, according to a letter sent to Boris Johnson, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez and other leaders.

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