RATP redefines the calendar to implement the four-day week | EUROtoday

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At the passenger services counter of the Massy-Palaiseau RER station (Essonne), March 7, 2024.

At the Massy-Palaiseau station (Essonne), on the foot of the footbridge which sees some 40,000 vacationers per day on the RER, trains, or buses, Peggy Prunier and Christelle Brigot obtain clients extra calmly than they did just a few weeks in the past behind their “Services” counter. This was earlier than they joined the 180 volunteers for the four-day week.

On January 28, RATP started the primary part of an enormous experimentation with new work rhythms to enhance the stability between personal {and professional} lives of its brokers, and strengthen the attractiveness of the professions. The RER B and metro strains 5, 7 and 9 joined the operation launched in three instructions: companies, upkeep and human assets.

The four-day week “of” or “in” is slowly spreading amongst corporations in France. Despite constructive suggestions from the United States and the United Kingdom, the place employers famous a mean improve of 15% of their turnover after this organizational change, solely 5% of French corporations had adopted the four-day week, on the finish of 2023, in accordance with the Association for Executive Employment (APEC). These pioneers, primarily SMEs, have primarily chosen a rise in working hours over 4 days, adopted by a three-day weekend.

“I’m less tired”

The originality of the RATP expertise is to redefine the calendar to arrange a four-day week with unchanged working hours: 4 days labored, adopted by a basic two-day “weekend” (not essentially Saturday and Sunday), and we begin once more on a cycle of seven weeks together with fourteen days of relaxation. Only controllers and managers work twenty minutes extra per day, compensated by further relaxation per cycle.

“For shift agents, management has endeavored not to increase their daily working hours”, explains Mireille Majerczyk, head of the operational administration of multimodal companies and areas (SEM). Technical research have been carried out in the summertime of 2023 to design these new bearings. Then discussions have been held with employees representatives, which continued till December 2023 to result in an settlement, signed on February 21, for 3 years, by the unions (FO, CFE-CGC and UNSA), however not by the CGT. “Our demand is a four-day week at 32 hours. And this extra normal settlement on high quality of life and dealing circumstances contained different provisions on disconnection or publicity to air pollution within the metro which didn’t swimsuit us.justifies Bertrand Hammache, the CGT-RATP normal secretary.

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