Mission: We advocate for Working Time Reduction policies as a means to achieve more sustainable forms of production, more meaningful jobs, and a fairer distribution of wealth. To fulfill this purpose, we collect and share compelling evidence on the benefits of adopting best working time reduction practices and encourage their widespread adoption across Europe.
Vision: We envision a European society where shorter and more flexible working time arrangements are democratically decided at the workplace, safeguarded by minimum-floor legislation. The allocation of hours for work and leisure reflects the productive needs of organizations, the material and mental well-being of workers, and the sustainable and equitable goals of society.
Horizontal Organisation for Regional Change
In recent years, the focus on work-time has been centred on maximizing efficiency without considering the evolving nature of employment relationships in the twenty-first century. A major challenge to shifting the conversation is the absence of a shared European platform where individuals can exchange ideas and experiences regarding the various initiatives currently transforming the work-time landscape in the region. Our Network aims to solve this need by creating a permanent and inclusive forum where representatives from trade unions, experts, and activists can gather to build a shared agenda and a bottom-up movement.
Lines of Action
- Facilitating knowledge sharing among various stakeholders to exchange insights on innovative work-time practices, such as working-time reduction pilots.
- Disseminating research on working time policies and their effects on workers’ well-being, productivity, employment, and environmental impact.
- Building a shared agenda to collectively support work-time policies and analyze the challenges and opportunities that arise in national and European contexts for their implementation.
- Leading advocacy campaigns to help citizens, unions, and corporate leaders influence policymakers to adopt progressive working time standards.
- The Coordination Team is composed of the representatives of the Founding Organisations (i.e., Collectif Roosevelt & ATTAC Germany) and is open to the members who want to get involved in the organization of the Network’s activities.
- The coordination team is the link between the members and strives to help them to develop their projects.
- The Activities of the Coordination Team are:
- Organising the Network’s Conferences and coordination meetings.
- Implementing the Network’s strategy based on the objectives defined by the conferences.
- Coordinating actions and follow-ups on the Network’s projects.
- Communicating information between the Network’s members.
- Creating alliances with other interested organizations.
Meetings of the Network
Conference of the European Network
The Conference is organized biannually. This meeting gathers all of the members and participants observers of the network. The conference aims to establish a picture of the debate on working time reduction in Europe and share information about the current experimentations or campaigns led by the members of the network. The objectives of the network are defined, by consensus, during the meetings.
The coordination meeting is organized every year to discuss and debate the future strategy of the network. This meeting gathers the members of the coordination team, the partners of the network and the members of the network involved in the organization/preparation of the next conference.
Online Conferences (Coordination Team)
Every month the coordination team organize a phone conference to follow up the projects of the network and prepare the next meetings and activities.
NB: All the activities and meetings are open to the members.