4 day work weeks in Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday temporarily reduced the working week in Venezuela from five to four days as part of a 60-day plan to deal with the national energy emergency caused by the ongoing drought.

President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday temporarily reduced the working week in Venezuela from five to four days as part of a 60-day plan to deal with the national energy emergency caused by the ongoing drought.

Maduro issued a presidential decree establishing that “all Fridays (will now be considered) non-working days starting on Friday of this week, during the months of April and ... May,” state television said without specifying whether the announcement was directed at the public or private sector, or both.

The “emergency” period will last eight weeks, during which Maduro asked the public for its “maximum cooperation.”

“With this plan that we’ve been establishing, ... from April 6 until June 6, ... we’re going to be able to get through the most difficult time, the greatest risk, and I’m sure that we’re going to overcome it with the least disruption,” he said.

The president also ordered an increase in the self-generation of electric power by shopping malls from four to nine hours, and those that do not manage to achieve that capacity will be subjected to “special measures to guarantee the saving,” he said.

Maduro asked households to be responsible in the private use of electric appliances, air conditioning and hair dryers.

“If we don’t manage to make an impact on residential saving, all these measures will simply not be sufficient,” he said.

Venezuelan authorities have said that the measures are intended to deal with the consequences of the drought caused by El Niño, which has reduced the amount of water to critical levels at the country’s main hydroelectric generation dam and in several reservoirs.

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