New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has proposed that workers consider a four-day workweek to encourage domestic tourism in the country following the coronavirus pandemic.
Through a video posted on her Facebook, Arden says she has collected various ideas from citizens to seek measures to revive the country’s economy. Among them a reduced workweek or establish more holidays.
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“I’ve heard a lot of people say that we should have a four-day week, and ultimately it should be something that is discussed between employees and employers, ” says Arden. ” Covid has taught us many things, including job flexibility and telecommuting.”
Given this proposal, not yet official, the Prime Minister asks employers to take this possibility into account, since those who can give this benefit to their workers ” would help tourism throughout the country.”
Tourism is one of the most important economic activities in New Zealand, which has been greatly affected due to the mandatory quarantine and the closure of borders that the Arden government implemented as one of the first measures after the arrival of the coronavirus in the country.
According to the Prime Minister herself, 60% of the country’s tourism industry is due to internal tourism, but also invited citizens who vacation abroad to contribute with the nearly 9 billion New Zealand dollars that they spend on travel abroad.