The Gambia has announced that Fridays are now officialy another day off work.
The Gambia has started a four-day week for public sector workers, with Fridays now an extra day off.
President Yahya Jammeh has said the shorter week will give The Gambia's mainly Muslim population more time to pray, socialise and tend to fields.
Mr Jammeh, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1994, is known for his eccentric behaviour.
Critics say his latest decision will promote laziness and disrupt the poor West African state's economy.
Agriculture, especially peanut exports, forms the backbone of The Gambia's economy.
So why not the rest of the working world?
Especially here in the West with our busy lives.
How do we define what is a 'day off'?
We wake in the mornings to get ready for work, then commute to work, work, commute home, replace lost energy and repeat the cycle 5, or in some cases,
6 days a week.. even nights..
Then on your 'day/s off' you get the car serviced/washed.. go get your food shopping for the week/month, make sure all your laundry is done for the
next working week..
Yeah that's what we know. But recently we are seeing a decrease in job vacancies, a rise in population and troubled markets. More and more part time
jobs are becoming available.
In the UK if you work you are entitled to 'working tax credits', but only if you work more than 24 hours a week. It used to be 16 hours, but the
Gov. raised it recently. More than likely to save money. Most part time jobs are around the 16 hour mark..
Are we going to see an increase in part time jobs in order to get a larger population into work? Is 'part time' the newest thing?
In the tiny African nation of The Gambia, public sector workers will now clock in at 8am and clock out at 6pm, Monday to Thursday. They'll still
do a 40-hour week but have the luxury of Friday off.
Do we need an extra day off in order to have some "me" time? Could jobs be spread out more fairly so that part time work is available for all?
If all jobs were part time, we could have almost zero unemployment whilst still letting people have the "me" time they need.
Stagger the working week into four sections in order to be sure to cover every day, if needed, as not every job will be able to have three days of
'closed' in a row.
Monday to Thursday
Tuesday to Friday
Wednesday to Saturday
Thursday to Sunday
Or variations of that sort as, in general, there are three working shift patterns per day to cover the 24 hour society we live in.
As it is, Christians are not supposed to work on Sunday, the day of rest.. but Western society demands it.
Muslims in Gambia now get Fridays off for extra prayer time.. so why not other religions?
I think that those in power may be worried that if it's allowed for one religion, then all religions should be allowed this extra time off.. it would
then become almost impossible for companies to have any real work done as too many days in the year would be taken up by religious practice..
If you doubt that, check a thread I did a few years ago.. it lists the holidays..
Planet Earth is on holiday.. please call again later
So far, that is 139 possible days off of work to follow religious, cultural and other holidays that are observed by many as part of their way
This does not include the 21 day average that the UK is allowed to take oof work for personal holidays.
so what happens if you are not religious? Should you work the hours that is demanded by the profiteers, or would you demand equal rights.. in which
case, you could claim every holiday by every religion to be yours as well..
Farmers work sun up to sun down.. how could they get a fair deal? Almost every other profession could have extra employees in order to cover 'off
The way we've worked has reached a peak where we have to change or it'll all collapse.. but if we adopt a new system of part time work to reduce
unemployment, this too will reach a peak..
So what to do? Extra day off or carry on slogging your guts out for little benefit to yourself?