Berlin’s Labor Senator Cansel Kiziltepe advocates a four-day week

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IG Metall boss Jörg Hofmann called for the shortened working week at the May 1 demonstration. Berlin’s new Labor Senator Kiziltepe finds them a good incentive.

Cansel Kiziltepe Britta Pedersen/dpa

Berlin’s new Senator for Labor and Social Affairs, Cansel Kiziltepe (SPD), welcomes the discussion about a four-day week. It is right that it is now being conducted more intensively and controversially, also in the Berlin administration, the SPD politician told the Tagesspiegel. “Many young people and above all parents with children want a better balance between work and leisure time. We should take these wishes into account,” said the senator.

„In the next eight years, more than 44,000 employees in the Berlin administration will retire,“ said Kiziltepe. “If we as the state of Berlin want to be an attractive employer, we have to make young people good offers if we want to get them excited about jobs in administration. The four-day week is worth trying out in a model project.”

Before May 1, IG Metall boss Jörg Hofmann had again called for the four-day week for employees in industry. There was also encouragement for a four-day week from the SPD federal chairwoman Saskia Esken.