IMPACT conference liveblog: 30 hour work week

IMPACT delegates have backed a conference motion to campaign for a 30 hour work-week in the medium term on the grounds of political economy, social justice and sustainability.

National secretary Peter Nolan, who supported the Dun Laoighre Rathdown branch motion, described the concept of a 30 hour work-week as “aspirational” but insisted it be approached with a “health warning” around the practicality or otherwise of its enforcement.

Conference was told, however, that the concept of the now-normal 40 hour work-week seemed utopian and aspirational when it was first adopted, in 1866. The idea of the 30 hour work-week, Conference heard, was about making time just as important as pay as the recovery gains traction.