27 & 28 May 2022
27 & 28 May 2022
Politicians, unions, businesses and experts from around the world will gather in the city of València to discuss the future of work and to learn about policies to shorten working hours.
Through different keynotes and panels, experts in economics, labour law, gender policies and technology, among others, will discuss their take on the four day working week initiative.
The main language of the summit will be English, but simultaneous interpretation to Valencian and Spanish will be offered throughout the entire event.
The keynotes and panels will take place on the 27th and 28th of May 2022 at the main venue of the summit (Complex Esportiu-Cultural La Petxina, València). Please note that minor changes may still be introduced.
Speaker: Mr. Joan Majó. Engineer & Business Entrepreneur. Spanish Minister of Industry and Energy (1985-1986). Former Advisor to the European Commission. President of the Ernest Lluch Foundation.
Discussion with representatives from political parties that have publicly endorsed proposals to reduce the working week. Speakers:
Roundtable discussion with Representatives from firms that have already implemented a reduction of their working week or that are actively thinking about it. Speakers:
Discussion with representatives from worker unions about their take and specific proposals to reduce work hours. Speakers:
Closure by the Vice-President of the Valencian Government and Minister of Inclusive Policies, Mónica Oltra, and the Vice-President of the Spanish Government and Minister of Labour and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz.
Roundtable discussion with academic experts from different fields (economics, gender policies, ecology, law) about the possible benefits of reducing the working week. Speakers:
Mrs. Juliet Schor. Economist and Sociology Professor at Boston College (USA). Member of the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network. Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years. Schor's research focuses on the sharing economy, consumption, working hours and climate change. Schor’s books include, among others, «The Overworked American that was a New York Times» bestseller, sparking a worldwide debate about work time, leisure and family life. Mr. Pedro Gomes. Economist & Reader in Economics at Birbeck, University of London. PhD by the London School of Economics (LSE). Previously he has been Assistant Professor at the University Carlos III of Madrid and at the University of Essex. Author of the book: «Friday Is The New Saturday. How a Four-Day Working Will Save the Economy» (Flint, 2021). Conducted by: Violeta Tena (Journalist, El Temps).
Roundtable discussion with Representatives from civic campaigns and research entities that are supporting the transition to a four day or 32 hours work week. Speakers:
Lucia Velasco. Economist. Director General of Spain’s National Observatory of Technology and Society. European Commission’s independent expert. Author of the book: “¿Te va a sustituir un algoritmo? El futuro del trabajo en España” (Turner, 2021). Mª Luz Rodríguez. Professor of Labour Law at UCLM. Spanish Secretary for Employment (2010-2011). Chief of Staff at the Spanish Ministry of Work and Social Affairs (2005-2007). Regional Minister of Employment at Castilla La Mancha (2007-2010). She is the author of numerous articles in specialized journals and collective books. Recently she has been working with the ILO and Fundación COTEC on the fields of digital work and decent work. Conducted by: Jèssica Crespo (Journalist, Cadena SER).
Roundtable discussion with representatives from governments or entities that have worked or are working on public policy actions to support the reduction of working time among firms and public sector. Speakers:
Closure by the Vice-Minister of Employment of the Valencian Government, Mr. Enric Nomdedéu.
The Four Day Week International Summit is a public event that will take place in the city of València (Spain) and will gather politicians, unions, experts and business leaders from around the world to discuss experiences and views about the proposal to shorten the working week to four days or thirty-two hours per week.