The campaign for a #4DayWeek in Ireland officially launched this morning with the aim of introducing ‘a gradual, steady and managed transition to a shorter working week’ across all sectors of the economy.
Four Day Week Ireland is a coalition of trade unions, businesses, environmentalists, women’s rights and civil society organisations, academics, health practitioners and global advocates.
The steering group for the campaign is a list of prominent Irish activists including Joe O’Connor, Fórsa Trade Union, Orla O’ Connor, National Women’s Council of Ireland, Oisín Coghlan, Friends of the Earth Ireland and Laura Bambrick, Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
The Irish arm of the campaign is part of a global movement led by Andrew Barnes and Charlotte Lockhart. When Andrew trialled the four day flexibility model at the company he founded in New Zealand, he discovered productivity, engagement, job satisfaction, work-life balance and employee wellbeing had never been better.
“It’s not just having a day off a week”, says Barnes, “it’s about delivering productivity, meeting customer service standards, meeting personal and team business goals and objectives.”
A four day week would be particularly beneficial to women allowing better distribution of caring responsibilities between mothers and fathers.
Better for Women
A four day week would be particularly beneficial to women, according to the campaign, allowing better distribution of caring responsibilities between mothers and fathers.
‘While currently women still do the majority of care work, reduced working time will allow men to spend more time with their families and take on more caring responsibilities. This in turn can remove barriers to women achieving senior positions in work, and allow women to take on more training opportunities’.
‘Alongside a better work life balance, a four day week would also lead to reduced commuting time and reduced childcare costs for women and families’.
The campaign is asking for Irish workers to get involved by showing their support on social media and signing up for their campaign mailing list. Go to fourdayweek.ie for more details.