MOSCOW, 11 Mar – RIA Novosti. The proposal for a four-day working week for women should address the issue of keeping wages, but why a similar regime cannot be offered to men is not clear, Alexander Shershukov, deputy chairman of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FNPR), told RIA Novosti.
Earlier it was reported that the Ombudsman of Moscow Tatyana Potyaeva proposed to make a four-day working week for women.
“Mechanically altering it to a four-day working week, or, more precisely, to a reduced number of working hours per week, is possible, from our point of view, only if the salary level is maintained. Therefore, in the proposal, I really did not read it, the Ombudsman of Moscow, if this problem is what it was proposed to decide in some way – this is one option, “Shershukov said.
He explained that in the absence of this aspect, employers can shorten the working week, but also reduce the salary proportionally. This requires an integrated approach and decision-making not on the basis of individual proposals, but on the basis of consideration at the Russian Trilateral Commission, Shershukov said.
Speaking about such a gender approach to the issue, Shershukov expressed the opinion that the study of the issue should still be comprehensive, it is not clear why, in this sense, the format for reducing working hours for men should not be envisaged.
Earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev said that the pandemic revived the idea of a four-day working week, but it is necessary to switch to it not to the detriment of economic development. In the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FNPR), RIA Novosti was told that they are ready to discuss the four-day working week, but in communication with the relevant ministry, other problems are still a priority.