Split three-day week proposed to get UK economy out of Covid-19 crisis

A split three-day week has been proposed to allow the UK economy to recover from the Covid-19 crisis, with workers split into two different teams.

The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) proposes that companies organize “A teams” and “B teams”, usually Monday to Wednesday or Thursday to Saturday, based on a similar arrangement in South Korea.

This would help enable social distance at work and reduce congestion on the roads, cycling infrastructure and public transport, it said.

Employees would then have more choice to combine work with caring, learning or volunteering and lead to a future of more flexible work for both employers and employees, the RSA said.

RSA CEO Matthew Taylor said, “The crisis could be an opportunity for positive change.

“We have to get back to work, but we can’t go back to normal even if we want to.

“We advocate a 12-month ‘back to work’ strategy to help companies plan, nurture the seeds of a brighter future – creating a brighter future for work, building our green infrastructure and bringing citizens and experts closer together .

Over time, the work of ‘team a’ and ‘team b’ could grow into a more permanent three-day week, while negative income tax could become a basic income for citizens.

“These ideas and others will be clearly discussed, but it is vital that we have a new mindset to ‘build better back’ and face the challenges we face, from the climate emergency to the massive economic uncertainty. “

The RSA is an independent charity.


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