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Give workers four-day week following advances in technology, says leader of UK's trade union bloc

Give workers four-day week following advances in technology, says leader of UK's trade union bloc | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The leader of Britain’s trade union movement has called for the power of technology to be used to give workers a four-day working week.

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trade Union Congress, will use her speech to the organisation’s 150th annual gathering today to insist that the change is possible in the 21st century.

Comparing the campaign to previous fights for limits on working hours and the right to a weekend and annual leave, Ms O’Grady​ will say it is “time to share the wealth from new technology.”
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This article covers research by the TUC which used data in the UK Data Service collection:

Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Economy Survey, 2014-2016

Workplace Employment Relations Survey

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Working week 'should be cut to four days' - and we should be paid more too

The working week should be cut to four days as new technology continues to make our jobs more efficient, a union leader is urging.

According to TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady, employees across the country are deserving of a longer weekend and higher pay because too many firms are using technological advances to treat people unfairly.

She believes bosses and shareholders "must not be allowed to hoover up all the gains from new tech", and that the benefits should instead allow companies to boost wages and give workers more time with their families.

Research by the TUC, which represents most UK trade unions, shows that most workers expect managers and shareholders will reap the benefits of new technology.
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Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Economy Survey, 2014-2016

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Unions call for four-day working week

Unions call for four-day working week | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A four-day working week will be possible this century if businesses are forced to share the benefits of new technology with their workforce.

That's the claim from the TUC, which is using its annual conference to call on the government to take action to help people work less but get paid the same.

Artificial intelligence, robotics and automation could provide a £200bn UK economic boost in the next decade.
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Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Economy Survey, 2014-2016

Workplace Employment Relations Survey

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Britain’s got talent – developing it could be key to solving the productivity puzzle post-Brexit

Productivity growth in the UK has conspicuously lagged behind that of other G7 nations since the global financial crisis. The latest quarterly figures perpetuate what has come to be known as Britain’s “productivity puzzle”.

This flatlining of productivity has been unprecedented in the post-war era. Productivity (which measures output per hour and/or output per worker) would have been 16% higher by 2015 if the pre-recession level of productivity had been maintained. That this productivity slump has endured well beyond the financial crisis has become a major policy concern given that the pace of productivity growth determines a nation’s material well-being.
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