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The right to an hour: State Duma deputies propose shortening the working week for women with two children

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 04:29:25

Shortening women’s workweek will make it harder for them to find work

Photo: Marina VOLOSEVICH.


Sometimes, reading the news from the State Duma, one simply wants to exclaim: “Gentlemen, have you tried to work?” The latest: a bill on a 39-hour work week for women with two or more minor children was submitted to the State Duma. That is, the working week of 18 million Russian women (which is the number of women in our country with two or more children according to the 2020 census) should be reduced by one hour.

And just a week ago we discussed a similar parliamentary initiative: shortening Friday work for women by two hours. In total we have two documents on which, of course, several officials worked for many days at a time. The goal of both (yes, you guessed it) is to increase the birth rate.

Let’s not look for logic in what is happening (we won’t find it yet), but let’s ask the experts: is it necessary to shorten women’s working week and what will this bring?


The vice president of the Russian Confederation of Labor, Oleg Shein, is in favor of the cuts.

“Lately, women’s working hours have increased,” she said on Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda (radiokp.ru). – And we must take into account that a woman spends twice as much time on household chores as a man. As a result, she gets little rest. Of course, families are different, but there are general statistics that give rise to these types of proposals.

Employment and career development expert Harry Muradyan has a completely different opinion.

– Women with two or more children will not be hired (if said bill is approved – Ed.). When applying for a job, they will ask you: do you have children? Answer: two. Here everything will be clear to the employer: why hire such an employee if you can hire a woman with a child or without children,” explains Harry Muradyan. – With one it can be difficult: sick leave, unplanned free time… And with two you will also have to let go sooner. As a result, women may strive to have fewer children, because even with two children it will be difficult to find work. And even if they accept it, it is not a fact that career advancement awaits them. At the same time, women without children will be given the green light. Therefore, there is no need to limit employers by law. On the contrary, it is necessary to promote and subsidize those companies that make the life and work of mothers and children comfortable.

“In Russia, the labor market is structured in such a way that it is impossible to shorten the working week of women with children, even by one hour, without finding additional staff,” supports Alexander Safonov, professor at the Russian Government Financial University. The Russian Federation. – An elementary example. Health care and education are “female-dominated” industries, and cutting hours in them means finding replacements. But there is a shortage of personnel in the country. Alternatively, women who are given this extra hour for housework will take on part-time jobs, filling the labor shortage. And the good wishes of the legislators will come to nothing. Therefore, this proposal is not confirmed by calculations and real possibilities of the labor market.

According to Alexander Safonov, without a serious transformation of the labor market in terms of process automation, widespread mechanization, reduction of routine work and replacement of work in the field of reporting with artificial intelligence, it is impossible to implement such initiatives.

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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