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Kevin Donoghue will bring a motion for a pilot scheme for a shorter working week for Dublin City Council staff

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Labour's Kevin Donoghue. Picture: Facebook

Labour's Kevin Donoghue. Picture: Facebook

Labour's Kevin Donoghue. Picture: Facebook

A Labour councillor is calling for a four-day working week for Dublin City Council employees.

Cllr Kevin Donoghue will call on the Dublin City Council Executive to pilot a four-day week for Dublin City Council staff during Monday’s monthly City Council meeting.

His motion will encourage the DCC Chief Executive, Owen Keegan, to engage with relevant trade unions and implement a pilot programme to introduce a four-day working week for Council staff.

Cllr Donoghue is the Labour representative in Dublin’s South East Inner City region,

Following in the footsteps of countries that have trialled four-day work weeks, such as Finland, New Zealand, and most recently Spain, Cllr Donoghue said that this scheme would lead to a happier and more productive workplace.

“Studies have repeatedly shown that a four-day week leads to happier, healthier staff who are more productive in the workplace,” he said.

“The world of work has been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic and the conventions we previously subscribed to can be thrown out the window; now is the time to be creative about the working environment we operate in."

He added that the pandemic has allowed us to change such structured regimes and become more flexible with working arrangements.

“100 years ago, the five-day week seemed unrealistic. The pandemic has opened our eyes to the amount of change we are capable of, both in our personal and professional lives.

“There is an acceptance that we will not be going back to how things were.

"Remote working, flexible arrangements in the workplace and working from home will become the norm. People now talk about doing things that would have been unimaginable just over a year ago.

The motion is due before Dublin City Council at tomorrow night’s meeting, and Cllr Donoghue hopes that it will be supported by his colleagues.

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“I look forward to the debate on this issue and trust that colleagues across the chamber will keep an open mind about the many benefits this will have for Council staff, their well-being and their productivity.

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

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