Union urges local councils to pilot four-day week


Public services union Fórsa has written to the chief executives of all local authorities to ask them to engage with four-day week pilot programmes. This is the latest move in the union’s campaign for reduced working time without loss of pay or productivity. Fórsa is part of a coalition of employers, unions, environmental and women’s campaign groups, which is calling for a gradual, steady and managed transition to a shorter working week in all sectors of the economy. The union will also be talking to the government about support for the initiative and is hoping to involve public and private sector employers in a national four-day week pilot programme. Fórsa argues that local authorities are highly suitable for four-day week trials with their diverse workforce producing a range of services that are highly valued by communities.

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