June 1998

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6+6 hour model

This is a European Social Fund supported pilot project called Flexibility through 6-hour shifts. The project manager, Dr. Pekka Peltola from the Finnish Ministry of Labour suggests that the work shifts can be between 6am-12 and 12-6pm, or 8am-2pm and 2pm-8pm. Shifts may also overlap. There may be several shifts, not all of them necessarily exactly 6 hours. Weekly working hours are normally 30, however.

The system is not publicly subsidised but relies on market conditions. The advantages are an increase in the drift-time of the machinery and a great increase in productivity. New jobs are created for the second shift. The potential of the 6+6 for job creation is considerable, Peltola believes.

See also:

            Archbishop of Finland supports Citizen’s Income (June 1998)

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