Victorian state election: Daniel Andrews to consider four day working week and push for free dental

Daniel Andrews will lobby for free dental care and examine the merits of a four-day work week if he is re-elected as Victoria’s premier for a third consecutive term.

A leaked policy document detailing Labour’s secret plans to woo voters ahead of the November 26 state election.

The draft document was recently emailed to rank and file members of the party for their comments before the policies are finalized and released publicly next month.

It details plans to consider the social and gender equity benefits of a reduced workweek without loss of earnings.

Labor could also reinstate the Labor Family Picnic Day and declare Christmas Eve after 6pm a public holiday. Age informed.

A four-day workweek trial by some employers has already seen increased staff satisfaction and no drop in productivity in workplaces around the world, with one Australian employer stating there was “no way” his company returned to the five-day week.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured with his wife Catherine) is hoping to be re-elected for a third term

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews (pictured with his wife Catherine) is hoping to be re-elected for a third term

Retail and fast-food workers could also benefit from a re-elected Labor government that will seek to ensure that 15 per cent of parking spaces remain free for them.

The party would also lobby the federal government for universal dental care and advocate for a national deal on social housing.

Labor would reserve gas for local use to ensure the production ‘directly serves the interests of Victorian households and businesses’.

It will also work with the federal government to realize the Outer Metropolitan Ring Railway, a proposed expressway connecting the Hume Highway north of Melbourne with the Princes Highway southwest of the city.

The leaked policies have already been marred by controversy due to a furious response from unions and rank-and-file members.

‘The Labor Party is the democratic sum of its members and its affiliated unions. Your political platform must not be written by anonymous advisers who clearly have little regard for union members,” Transport Workers Union Secretary Mem Suleyman wrote to Labor officials.

The United Firefighters Union claimed it was not consulted as officials criticized the wording and content of the policy document.

A re-elected Labor government in Victoria would look at the benefits of a four-day working week (a barista in Melbourne is pictured)

A re-elected Labor government in Victoria would look at the benefits of a four-day working week (a barista in Melbourne is pictured)

A re-elected Labor government in Victoria would look at the benefits of a four-day working week (a barista in Melbourne is pictured)

A Victorian Labor government would lobby its federal counterparts for universal dental care (file image)

A Victorian Labor government would lobby its federal counterparts for universal dental care (file image)

A Victorian Labor government would lobby its federal counterparts for universal dental care (file image)

“The UFU was not contacted and given no opportunity to comment on the draft that was published, despite the fact that the UFU has been affiliated with the Labor Party since the 1930s,” union secretary Peter Marshall told The Age. .

The leaked policy document comes as companies around the world are testing a four-day workweek as part of a program started by 4 Day Week Global, a nonprofit created by entrepreneur and trust company founder New Zealand Perpetual Guardian. Andrew Barnes.

Mr. Barnes began testing a four-day work week at Perpetual Guardian in 2018 and set the global movement by discovering higher levels of staff satisfaction and productivity benefits.

Denis Moriarty, the founder of the Australian social enterprise Our Community, has tried a four-day work week since August.

The state government is expected to reveal its finalized policies to voters next month (Melbourne hospitality workers pictured)

The state government is expected to reveal its finalized policies to voters next month (Melbourne hospitality workers pictured)

The state government is expected to reveal its finalized policies to voters next month (Melbourne hospitality workers pictured)

He said the staff was happier because of the extra day off and was still 100% productive.

They love. They have their lives back,” he told Daily Mail Australia.

“It’s been good for the workplace, good for the employees and good for the company.”

The managing director said his staff spent the extra day off with family or took up a new hobby.

“There’s no way we’re going back in five days,” Moriarty said.

Our Community has operated with the new schedule by reducing and shortening meetings.

Denis Moriarty (pictured) is trying out a four-day work week at his company, Our Community. He told Daily Mail Australia that his employees “love it” and that he has no plans to return for five days after the trial period ends.

Our Community continues to pay employees the same wages despite reducing their hours by 20 percent.

Some companies operate four-day weeks with more hours, but Moriarty believes forcing more hours is not ideal.

“I don’t think you should call it a four-day workweek if you pack more hours into those four days.”

He added that it was time to reform workplaces after years of little change.

In the global test conducted by 4 Day Week Global, companies were sent questionnaires about their experiences with their shortened workweeks.

In the global test, 88 per cent of companies said it was 'extremely likely' or 'likely' that they would continue with a four-day work week after the test ended (file image)

In the global test, 88 per cent of companies said it was 'extremely likely' or 'likely' that they would continue with a four-day work week after the test ended (file image)

In the global test, 88 per cent of companies said it was ‘extremely likely’ or ‘likely’ that they would continue with a four-day work week after the test ended (file image)

Of the 41 companies that responded, 88 percent said the four-day week was working ‘well’; 46 percent said productivity was the same; 34 percent said it was “slightly improved”; and 15 percent said it had “significantly improved.”

But the most surprising result was that 88 percent of companies said it was “extremely likely” or “likely” that they would continue with a four-day workweek after the test ended.

Other benefits of a four-day work week included a reduction in carbon emissions and better mental health for staff.

Researchers from the University of Sydney, Boston College, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and the University of Queensland are currently running and supervising an Australasian trial.

Andrew Barnes (pictured), the founder of the New Zealand trust company Perpetual Guardian, created 4 Day Week Global

Andrew Barnes (pictured), the founder of the New Zealand trust company Perpetual Guardian, created 4 Day Week Global

Andrew Barnes (pictured), the founder of the New Zealand trust company Perpetual Guardian, created 4 Day Week Global

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