The Portuguese government has launched a pilot project for a four-day working week. About 20,000 employees will test it first.
According to the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security Ana Mendes Godinho, a total of 46 companies, both public and private, joined the new program. – Four of them are large companies that employ over 1,000 people – said the head of the labor ministry. Mendes Godinho explained that since March, her ministry had been analyzing, together with some Portuguese entrepreneurs, the conditions and the expected consequences of implementing the four-day working week.
Portugal may also adopt other solutions
– Topics of conversation included: is how to improve the quality of employment for employees while increasing the productivity and competitiveness of companies that intend to introduce a four-day working week, added Mendes Godinho. She noted that the pilot project may be in Portugal enriched in the future with solutions adopted by other European countries, where provisions have already been introduced allowing for the employment of people in the four-day working week system, such as e.g. Great Britain or Iceland.
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