Ireland is a leading proponent in the movement to promote the benefits of a four-day working week. Kevin Donoghue, Director of Campaigns with Forsa trade union and Chairperson of the ‘Four Day Work Week Ireland’ campaign updates ‘Health & Safety Times’ on the latest developments including plans to roll out a trial for the public service sector.
Since it was launched in 2019, the Four Day Week Ireland campaign has been gaining momentum in bringing about a steady transition to a four-day week as the standard working week in Ireland.
Critically, the reduction in working hours comes with no loss of pay, explains Forsa’s Director of Campaigns Kevin Donoghue, who is also the Chairperson of the Four Day Week Ireland campaign. “You will sometimes see this as the ‘100-80-100’ model – this means 100% of pay, in 80% of the time for 100% of the output,” Donoghue notes.
The campaign is a coalition of members representing the ‘pillars of the campaign’ – which includes Forsa trade union, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), Friends of the Earth (FoE) and ICE business group, which is based in Galway.