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Four-day week in the UK

EDM (Early Day Motion) 636: tabled on 18 June 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 44 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House recognises the opportunity for exploring shorter working time for the UK, including a four-day week, as one route out of the covid-19 pandemic; further recognises that work patterns have been dramatically altered as a result of the pandemic, notes that shorter working time has been used throughout history as a way of responding to economic crises; believes that a four-day week could bring multiple benefits to society, the environment, democracy, and the economy through increased productivity; congratulates Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand for speaking about the four-day week as a key way in which New Zealand’s economy can recover from the crisis; highlights the Scottish Government’s announcement in May that its Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission plans to explore the potential for a four-day working week for Scotland; and calls on the Government to make the same commitment towards a better future for the UK by setting up a comparable commission to consider a range of options and models in relation to shorter working times.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 22 June 2020
Wansbeck
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 22 June 2020
Coventry South
Byrne, Ian
Labour
Signed on 22 June 2020
Liverpool, West Derby
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 June 2020
East Lothian
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 June 2020
Glasgow South West
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 22 June 2020
Jarrow
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 June 2020
Glasgow South
Webbe, Claudia
Labour
Signed on 22 June 2020
Leicester East
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 June 2020
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 June 2020
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 June 2020
Dunfermline and West Fife
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 June 2020
West Dunbartonshire
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 22 June 2020
Belfast South
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 23 June 2020
Foyle
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 June 2020
Midlothian
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 June 2020
Edinburgh East
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 June 2020
Glasgow North East
Butler, Dawn
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2020
Brent Central
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2020
Leeds East
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2020
Easington
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 June 2020
Edinburgh North and Leith
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2020
Birkenhead
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 June 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2020
Liverpool, Wavertree
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2020
Hayes and Harlington
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2020
Denton and Reddish
Flynn, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 June 2020
Aberdeen South
Dowd, Peter
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2020
Bootle
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 June 2020
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 June 2020
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 June 2020
Falkirk
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 29 June 2020
Ceredigion
Osamor, Kate
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2020
Edmonton
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 30 June 2020
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2020
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Hill, Mike
Labour
Signed on 1 July 2020
Hartlepool
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 July 2020
Glasgow East
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 15 September 2020
Brighton, Kemptown

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.