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Irish civil servants call for 4-day working week

The Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants (AHCPS) has taken a significant step towards achieving a four-day working week for staff in government departments. 

During their annual delegate conference held in Dublin, the AHCPS passed two motions in support of a shorter working week.

The first motion urged the union to support the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ campaign for a four-day week and to introduce ‘Work Condensing Programmes’ across all government departments and offices. This would reduce working hours without reducing pay by condensing the same amount of work into fewer days.

The second motion called on the AHCPS to formally support the principles of the Four Day Week Ireland campaign and become an official member of the group. 

However, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has refused to comment on the possibility of introducing a shorter work week for the public sector. 

Last week Climate Minister Eamon Ryan said that the Irish state needs to be “bigger” and that “thousands” more civil servants should be hired for the sake of the economy. 



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