What price is too high for elder care we wonder?
A pilot scheme which saw 68 staff at an old people's home in Gothenburg, Sweden, work six-hour days without seeing reduced salaries is to be abandoned. Gothenburg city bosses said less sick leave was taken and staff were more productive during the two-year experiment, but decided costs outweighed these benefits. Daniel Bernmar, the politician responsible for elderly care in the city, said: "It's far too expensive to carry out a general shortening of working hours within a reasonable time frame”. He has supported calls for reduced hours in the long term as it could extend the length of working lives for those in labour-intensive roles.
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