The spokesperson for Más País, Íñigo Errejon, has detailed that the project to reduce the four-day workweek will be tested at multiple companies for three years with a budget of 50 million euros that will be allocated so that they do not have expenses derived from the implementation of the pilot project.
In statements to 'TVE', collected by Europa Press, Errejón has advanced that next week they will meet with the Ministry of Industry, "which will foreseeably carry out the pilot project", and has explained that it will be necessary to carry out a study for which they have "perfectly competent people in public universities", as he has assured, to select the sectors in which they will test it.
"It cannot be implemented equally or at the same pace," he added, while detailing that the funds that will be allocated to these companies to carry out the project will be progressively reduced. "to the extent that companies have implemented the changes to make this possible", has explained.
In addition, he pointed out that the objective is that "the increase in productivity is financed by the reduction of the working day" so that, in this way, "it finances itself."
Errejón has assured that there are many countries that have been testing it, as well as large companies because, in his opinion, "it is not true that a worker screwed to the chair is more productive" and he believes that "sometimes reducing the hours allows working in better condition and be more productive. "
He has insisted that, just as Spain was a pioneer with the implementation of the eight-hour day, this reduction in working hours will mean "once again being at the forefront in a transformation of the economy at the service of life". Thus, he has emphasized that the project has "great benefits" for life, to reduce the environmental impact and for health.
In this key, Errejón has lamented that there are "people who say that it is impossible, that the economy would collapse." "I think they are the same people who years ago would have said that the 8-hour workday was impossible," he asserted. "Everyone knows that Spain is not going to compete to work longer hours, in worse conditions and with worse regulation. We must compete to work better," he concluded.
"At the last minute"
Asked about the negotiations with the Government, he acknowledged that he did not agree with the decree on European funds "because it does not seem to facilitate that the bulk of European funds go to large companies instead of small ones, which are the they are going to need reconstruction, help and transformation more, "he argued.
Thus, he added that they had no intention of supporting him because the Government "is informing Brussels beforehand or, in some cases, the large consulting firms, before the Congress, which is the one that has elected it." "So we said that things were not done like that and that we were not for the work," he added.
He has criticized that it was the Government, "a little at the last minute", realizing that it was possible that it did not have the support, when it initiated a negotiation with the Errejón formation, which proposed the same measure did not go ahead with the General State Budgets (PGE), although he considers that the approach at that time "made its way as an authentic social and political debate in Spain".