Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - OPINION -

GIVEN most re­cent re­search has shown that the dire pre­dic­tion of loss of 47 per cent of cur­rent jobs by 2030 is more real­is­ti­cally nearer 20 per cent, it is time to press for a four-day week.

Re­cent job losses of 6000 at the NAB could be averted if work­ers were of­fered a four­day week, thereby sav­ing 20 per cent of jobs.

Com­bined with a 50 per cent penalty load­ing for work­ing a three-day week over week­ends, we would pre­serve jobs and the qual­ity of life for our chil­dren.

Of course this would mean em­ploy­ers would be asked to give work­ers a pay rise for less work per­haps paid for through tax cuts.

Work­ers would have an ex­tra day of leisure to spend with their chil­dren or par­tic­i­pat­ing in sport or en­ter­tain­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, which would have a huge ben­e­fit to lo­cal economies and the health of com­mu­ni­ties. COLIN HUGHES, Green­mount

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