And if I have to travel to Orange, instead of working a nine-day fortnight
I'll have to work fulltime to pay for the fuel.'
Toyota put both its Deeside engine plant and its car assembly plant in Derbyshire on a nine-day fortnight
as demand slumped.
BP said the nine-day fortnight
was "inherited" when it bought US rival Amoco in 1998.
And a nine-day fortnight
immediately reduces travel to work time by 10%.
More than 900 staff at Stanley - all members of the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) - had the opportunity to vote on a package that offered them a nine-day fortnight
and then a four-day week when opening hours are fully extended, plus a 3.5 per cent pay increase.
Dr Williams said enabling staff to do extra hours so they worked fewer days could, for example, enable a nine-day fortnight
, and reduce travel by 10 per cent.
In England this week a school in Hertfordshire has gone on a nine-day fortnight
because it cannot attract teachers, and on Tuesday it was reported that parents are being asked to offer bed and breakfast to teachers in the South East who could not afford living accommodation.
The plant returned to full-time working a few week ago from a nine-day fortnight
, but the company warned that the move may only be temporary.
Working the full-time hours over a shorter period such as a nine-day fortnight
may also be possible.
But promoting the region as a great place to live and work should also envelop other everyday concerns, as the following ideas revealed: Greater flexible working so people don't have to travel to work in the rush hour, a nine-day fortnight
where the region could perhaps take a day off to enjoy themselves and companies agreeing not to hold external meetings on, say, a Friday so there is no reason to take the car but all the reasons to use public transport.
But they are also involved in a parallel industrial action ballot over plans to cut a four-day week to a nine-day fortnight
The scheme operates on a nine-day fortnight
and has proved a big success.