Four-day working week can revolutionise the way we live and work

The Scottish Greens are among the organisations that already operates the system successfully

Shifting to a four day week can revolutionise the way we live and work, say the Scottish Greens. 

The party’s economy spokesperson, Maggie Chapman MSP, has welcomed the announcement in the Programme for Government that trials will begin this calendar year.

The Scottish Greens Party and Parliamentary staff have adopted a four day working week with positive results. Better work-life balance, less stress and being better able to deal with stressful situations, and more control over their lives are just some of the benefits they’ve reported.

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Ms Chapman said:

“If we want to build a fairer and greener economy with good jobs, sustainable work, fair wages and economic security then we need to be prepared to make big changes and think big.

“The normalisation of a four day working week without a loss of pay can help to create a better society where people are working to live and not living to work. 

“The Scottish Government has an important role to play in leading by example, and I am pleased that these trials are about to begin.

“For some households and industries it wouldn’t necessarily be such a big transition, with lots of workers already working four days a week or less.

“However, for others it would obviously be a big change, which is why these trials and the lessons we get from them will be so important.

“The Scottish Greens and our MSPs have introduced a four day week in our offices and have learnt a lot from doing so. We want to see similar changes in other areas as we build an economy that works for people and planet.”

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