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Four-day work week report launch

Published: Tuesday, 22 November, 2022

Four Day Week Ireland is a campaign advocating for a gradual, steady, managed transition to a shorter working week for all workers, in the private and public sectors. It is part of the global Four Day Week campaign, an international movement advocating for this change around the world. Four Day Week Ireland is run by a campagin coalition of trade unions, businesses, environmentalists, women’s rights and civil society organisations, academics, health practitioners and global advocates. 

Four Day Week Ireland have been undertaking a six month trial to research how the proposed structure might work in Ireland. Earth Institute member Dr Orla Kelly from the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice has been overseeing the research and the report. 

The report launch on the results of this first four-day week trial in Ireland will be held at an event on Wednesday, 30 November, at 11:30 am in the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Professor Juliet Schor of Boston College will provide an overview of the results of the international reduced worktime trials that have occurred internationally throughout 2022.

UCD’s Dr Orla Kelly will present the Irish Four-Day Week Trial results. Attendees will also hear from several pilot participants about their experience with the trial on the day. And finally, the campaign leaders will highlight the next steps for the movement nationally and globally.

If you’d like to attend in person, pleaseo RSVP via this link by Friday, 25 November, as places are limited.

Please register for the webinar here to join the event virtually.

The team look foward to seeing you on the 30th to mark this important advancement in the changing world of work.


Running order

11:15 Tea, coffee & pastries reception 

11:30 Welcome - Kevin Donoghue, 4-Day Week Ireland chair

11:35 Introduction - Hazel Gavigan, 4-Day Week Global Campaigns Officer

11:40 Global pilot programme results overview - Professor Juliet Schor, Boston College (virtual)

11:45 Irish pilot programme results presentation - Dr Orla Kelly, UCD

11:55 Insight into individual business implementation from select pilot participants

12:10 Q&A

12:30 Finish