Poll: Should Scotland have a 4 day working week?

Is it time for Scotland to adopt a four-day working week?

At the SNP conference next month, delegates will be asked whether to support the idea of the nation adopting a four-day working week.

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Proponents of the four day week say it offers a better work-life balance. It gives staff more time to do what they love on their extra day off, including spending more time with their children.

Critics point out that a four-day week might not work for every business. If customers expect you to be available five days a week, then an employee who is unavailable on Fridays can cause problems.

The motion states: “Conference calls on the Scottish Government to undertake a review into how working practices should be adapted to meet the needs of the future economy, including the possibility of a four-day working week, with a view to possible reform when Scotland gains control of employment rights.”

Grahame Smith, general secretary of the Scottish Trade Union Congress, has previously said changes to the traditional five-day working week had already been successfully implemented in workplaces in Scotland, including Rosyth naval engineering dockyard and BAE Systems in Glasgow.

At the SNP conference next month, delegates will be asked whether to support the idea of the nation adopting a four-day working week. Picture: Shutterstock

Do you think it is time Scotland adopted a four-day working week? Have your say in our readers’ poll above.