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The Spanish government is considering the introduction of a four-day week in a bid to create more jobs, improve health and increase productivity.
Deputy prime minister Pablo Iglesias Turrión said a cut in working hours, without loss of pay would “undoubtedly” lead to the expansion of employment opportunities.
He added that minister for work Yolanda Díaz Pérez was exploring the idea.
Spain has a complex multi-party political system based around coalitions so often leaders of smaller parties – many of which are chiefly regional – can have significant influence over policy outcomes.