Being consistently ahead of the curve is one of the things that makes me proud to be a member of the Green Party – a party that has just elected a young women, and one who has a disability, as its Executive’s Chair (possibly another UK political party first, on both counts). As has been the case in many other areas (universal basic income to name but one), policies we have long championed are now increasingly being taken up by the mainstream. As Bartley reminded us in his first joint speech as leader, we were promised that technology would make us all wealthier and give us more free-time – but yet we are working harder than ever, and since the recession this situation has only worsened. In the last five years, the number of us working “excessive hours” has increased, while real wages have plummeted. In this context, it is unsurprising that we are now seeing a ideas such as a three day working week being debated in the mainstream media, and we watch in trepidation as other countries slash their working hours.
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