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Campaigners: ‘It’s high time for a four-day working week’

THE Scottish government has been urged by trade unions and campaigners to move to a four-day working week in response to the pandemic.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and other groups are calling on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to introduce a subsidy for companies which switch to a 32-hour working week with no loss of pay.

They point to a pilot scheme in Spain where similar proposals have been backed by government funding.

The STUC, PCS, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie and others have written to Ms Sturgeon, claiming there is an opportunity for change as the pandemic “has thrown the world of work totally up in the air.”

Joe Ryle, of the 4 Day Week Campaign, said: “Shorter working hours are the best way to share work more equally across the economy during a recession and would bring many other benefits such as improved mental health, a better work-life balance and a boost in productivity.”

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