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Almost half of Russians are not happy with the idea of reducing the work week
According to the VTsIOM survey, 48% of Russians do not support the idea of a possible reduction in the work week to four days. Only about a third of the respondents —29% — positively take this transition. Another 17% said that they did not care, and 6% found it difficult to answer.
The majority who supported the reduction of the working week - residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg - 36% of respondents. They were supported by residents of other million-plus cities - 34%. According to RIA News", this proposal is opposed by residents of small settlements (100-500 thousand people) - 52%, as well as cities with a population of 500-950 thousand people - 50%.
The reduction is most often advocated by citizens aged 25-34 years, and against - people from 60 years and older. According to Valery Fedorov, Director General of VTsIOM, the prospect of a shorter working week is still more frightening for Russians than it is attracting. Fears are mainly associated with a likely reduction in income.
About the possible reduction of the working week up to four days Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at the International Labor Conference. In turn, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova expressed doubts about the preservation of the level of wages and social security during the transition to a reduced working week.