Italy - Shorter working week considered - January 31, 2017

The region of Emilia Romagna discusses a proposed bill to reduce the working week in a bid to tackle unemployment. The proposal would see the working week cut down from 40 hours to 32 in, effectively creating a four-day week. Regional councillor and former labour law professor Piergiovanni Alleva, who is behind the bill, argues that the change could see as many as 200,000 new jobs created. Emilia Romagna has currently 2 million people in employment and 160,000 job-seekers, according to recent available data.

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