Union backs four day weeks for couples

Men and women should both work four days a week, according to an FNV trade union think-tank, says Wednesday’s Trouw.

The measure would help meet government targets to boost women’s participation in the workforce, FNV chairwoman Agnes Jongerius told the paper.
Men currently work an average of 37 hours a week, while women work 25. On Tuesday the government set up a taskforce under the leadership of tv presenter Pia Dijkstra aimed at encouraging women to work longer hours.
‘We are not going to force women to work, but we are saying ‘we really need you,’ junior social affairs minister Ahmed Aboutaleb said at the launch.

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