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Happier workplace Backing for four-day week 'very big step' for Dublin City Council workers

'I think it might go some way to addressing significant gender imbalances that exist'

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Labour councillor Kevin O Donoghue

Labour councillor Kevin O Donoghue

Labour councillor Kevin O Donoghue

A Dublin City councillor has described the approval a four-day working week as a "very big step" for the council and executives. 

Last night, city councillors unanimously backed a proposal for a four-day working week that would affect over 6,000 staff who work for the local authority.

Labour councillor Kevin Donoghue, who put the motion forward, said he believes the change will have a positive impact on the lives of DCC workers.

"For example, the families of these workers, I think it might go some way to addressing significant gender imbalances that exist,” he said.

Earlier this month, Cllr Donoghue said studies have repeatedly shown that a four-day week leads to a “happier and more productive workplace.”

He said the Covid-19 pandemic had highlighted the workplace changes that are possible when the will is there, adding that companies are now “talking about doing things that would have been unimaginable just over a year ago.”

“The time has come for the four-day week to be introduced here and I would like to see Dublin City Council leading the way and taking this progressive step,” he said.

“A pilot programme would give the council and trade unions the flexibility to engage on any challenges or concerns.”

It comes as trade unions encourage Irish companies to trial a four-day working week to see how the strategy can benefit their business.

Driven by the Four Day Week Ireland campaign, the trial will offer businesses training, mentoring and advice from companies all over the world that have already made the change.

They will also have access to “world-class academic research and expert analysis” from Boston College and UCD.

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