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Labour leader Corbyn considers plans to cut working day

By Siobhan Fenton

Published 08/08/2016

Work proposals: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Work proposals: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he will discuss proposals to reduce the working day to just six hours.

While it might sound like wishful thinking, the significantly shorter working day is championed by psychologists and academics who say it is better for workers' productivity and satisfaction than a traditional 9-to-5 routine.

Some European countries have begun trialling the change and preliminary reports suggest workers say they are feeling more focused, more productive and company profits have increased.

While taking part in a Q&A with readers of the Daily Mirror, the Mr Corbyn was asked what his position is on introducing a similar policy in the UK. He replied: "I don't know if I could quite get my job done in only six hours a day but it's something we will be discussing in our recently launched Workplace 2020."

Workplace 2020 is an initiative by Labour aimed at increasing workers' rights and encouraging trade union membership. Mr Corbyn announced the scheme while addressing the May Day rally in London.

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