Boris on four-day working week in England – after Scotland announce pilot

Scotland can look forward to a four-day work week if Nicola Sturgeon is re-elected.

The First Minister said if she stayed in the role after the Scottish Parliament elections on May 6th, she would attempt the postponement when Scotland gains “full control over employment rights” from Westminster.

But England, Wales and Northern Ireland are unlikely to be so lucky anytime soon.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said today Boris has “no plans for a four-day week” for the UK.

The four-day week announcement was revealed in the Scottish National Party’s manifesto released today.

The manifesto says: “Covid-19 changed the way we work almost overnight. When we recover from the pandemic, we want to do more to help people achieve a healthy work-life balance. We also want to keep the total number of people in employment high.

“We will learn this to consider a more general shift to a four-day work week once Scotland gains full control over employment rights.

“We will also identify additional job opportunities and assess the economic impact of moving to a four-day week.”

Spain is also planning to introduce a four-day work week to stop the coronavirus from boosting the economy.

The experiment would take three years and include a 32-hour week as the country seeks to boost both the economy and corporate productivity.

Proponents of a three-day weekend would increase productivity, improve mental health and also fight climate change – all things that have been particularly focused on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In December, the Autonomy think tank published a report that found that a four-day work week is affordable for most companies with 50+ employees. He urged the government to look for ways to introduce these into the UK, starting with the public sector.

According to the report, the majority of the companies surveyed could cope with change through higher productivity or price increases.

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