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Four Day Week Ireland campaign June 22, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Good to see this in the news this morning.

A new pilot programme for employers to test the effectiveness of a four-day working week for staff with no loss of pay is being launched today.

The six-month experiment is being organised by the Four Day Week Ireland campaign, which claims it can deliver positive results for business and work/life balance for employees.

“In the last year we have seen radical shifts in our working practices. More flexible ways of working are here to stay,” said Joe O’Connor, Chairperson of the Four Day Week Ireland which is comprised of representatives from trade union Fórsa, ICTU, the National Women’s Council, Friends of the Earth Ireland and academics.



The Government is also to fund a call for research to assess the economic, social, and environmental impacts of a four-day working week in a specifically Irish context, as part of the plan.

It’s also international, with a range of other programmes being trialled…

including the US, the UK and New Zealand, coordinated by the Four Day Week Global group.

In other countries, including Spain and Scotland, four-day working weeks have already been developed and are being trialled.

They’ve already got a number of companies lined up to talk about the positives of this approach. I wonder who will break cover to criticise this initiative? But also how far it will go. One would hope that the last year has demonstrated the capacity for flexibility and progress in regards to shorter working weeks. 


1. alanmyler - June 22, 2021

I’m an early adopter, working a 4 day week for the past 4 years or so. I’m on 80% wage. But for me at least it’s been well worth it. Having a long weekend every week. Having Friday to chill or do jobs before everybody else’s weekend starts. Thoroughly recommended.

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WorldbyStorm - June 22, 2021

It’s a great idea. I’d jump at the chance.

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alanmyler - June 22, 2021

I would think a loot of people would alright. It really changes the work / life dynamic, much more than you might expect. Suddenly your week is only just over half about work, work ceases to be ever present in the background, the weekend isn’t a mad scramble to fit in all the things you have to do as well as finding time for the things you want to do before monday morning comes around again. I think that in itself will be a big reason why employers and business interests will resist this, because it really undermines the centrality of paid employment in our lives, it creates the space for other possibilities, and they can’t be having that.

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rockroots - June 22, 2021

Yes – I got into the same pattern accidentally a few years ago when a second job fell through at the last minute. It’s such a big improvement in quality of life, but I’m lucky that a manageable mortgage gives me the freedom of choice to do so.

I was in a taxi many years ago driven by an immigrant from Uganda. The conversation, perhaps inevitably, got around to Idi Amin: “Yes, he was a murderous tyrant. But he introduced a three-day weekend. A lot of people miss him.”

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Fergal - June 22, 2021

Didn’t France have a 35 hour week… paid 39 hours which has been messed around with by Sarkozy and Macron…
And didn’t it lower unemployment to around 6/7% its lowest in ages? And then in the presidential election Le Pen père gets into the second round … Economic determinism, my eye!
Three day working week in Britain during miners’ strike in 70s only marginally lowered GDP, not by 4O% in any case!


oliverbohs - June 23, 2021

Acc to Rutger Bregman it was 4% or thereabouts!


2. irishelectionliterature - June 23, 2021

When my Children were younger I took each Friday off in parental leave. It was great. The other thing was that I was more productive work wise in the 4 days too.
I already hear the Hospitality and retail sectors coming out against the 4 day week…..

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3. Jim Monaghan - June 23, 2021

I thought most nurses in the HSE are on a 4 day week. One whole days commuting saved


alanmyler - June 23, 2021

As far as I know our eldest in James’ St hospital was working a 3-shift week on the ward, 13hrs per shift I think. She has since moved from the ward into an out-patient clinic which is a 5-day week, 9-5 Mon-Fri. So the rotas probably depend on the hospital and the unit. She far prefers the 5-day week and now being able to schedule her social life weeks in advance. The night shifts were a killer too. But she’s a young one and priorities change as life progresses. If she had kids she might well prefer the 3-shift model.


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