LABOUR will reduce the average working week to 32 HOURS within the next 10 years.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has committed to delivering a “shorter working week with no loss of pay” if the party gets to No10.
The hard-left Labour chief also promised to eliminate in-work poverty in his first term, during the party’s conference in Brighton.
During his keynote speech Mr McDonnell, a top Jeremy Corbyn ally, said: “Transforming people’s lives means ending the modern evil of in-work poverty.
“Labour has traditionally been committed to full employment.
“We have always believed that getting a job should mean you are lifted out of poverty.”
‘WORK TO LIVE, NOT LIVE TO WORK’
But under the Tories that link had been broken, he claimed.
Mr McDonnell added: “We should work to live, not live to work.
“In the 1860s people worked a 65-hour week. Thanks to past Labour governments – but actually mainly thanks to the trade union movement – by the 1970s the average working week had been reduced to 43 hours.
People in our country work some of the longest hours in Europe. Since the 1980s the link between increasing productivity and expanding free time has been broken. It’s time to put that right.
“As society got richer, we could spend fewer hours at work. But in recent decades progress has stalled.
“People in our country work some of the longest hours in Europe.
“Since the 1980s the link between increasing productivity and expanding free time has been broken. It’s time to put that right.
“So I can tell you today that the next Labour government will reduce the average full-time working week to 32 hours within the next decade.
“It will be a shorter working week with no loss of pay.”
Labour originally revealed their plans earlier this month – despite their own report saying it would lead to fewer jobs and fewer wages.
The research found that a French law imposing a 35-hour week massively backfired.
Lord Skidelsky’s report, commissioned by Labour, found that bosses responded to the French law by freezing wages and recruiting less.
And it plunged hospitals in to crisis, causing staff shortage and intensifying work to an “unpleasant degree”.
But the report called for the government to set a target to achieve a 35 hour working week in the public sector over the next target.
And it also called for every Brit to be guaranteed a job or training.
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Tory critics have slammed the announcement today.
Mark Harper MP, who represents the Forest of Dean in Gloucs, said: “It beggars belief McDonnell is pushing ahead with these plans despite his own report saying it would mean wages freezes, problems at hospitals and hit low-paid workers and small businesses hardest.
“Labour would wreck the economy and leave working people worse off.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservatives want to deliver Brexit, so we can focus on the things that matter – investing in our NHS, properly funding our schools and putting 20,000 new police officers on our streets.”
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