Scottish Daily Mail

‘Lu­di­crous’ call for 4-day work week

- Business · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Nicola Sturgeon · Kate Forbes · Maurice Golden

A FOUR-day work­ing week could be in­tro­duced un­der ‘lu­di­crous’ SNP plans which would cost pub­lic ser­vices bil­lions ev­ery a year.

The party’s con­fer­ence will de­bate a res­o­lu­tion that pro­poses the pol­icy.

But fig­ures sug­gest the move would cost the pub­lic sec­tor £2.5bil­lion a year, hit pri­vate firms and slow growth.

The res­o­lu­tion is due to be de­bated on Mon­day, af­ter an ad­dress by Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Kate Forbes.

It states work must be done to ‘build a well­be­ing econ­omy with sus­tain­abil­ity and in­clu­sion at its heart’, with no re­turn to ‘busi­ness as usual’ fol­low­ing the pandemic.

Scot­tish Tory econ­omy spokesman Mau­rice Golden said: ‘This lu­di­crous SNP plan would blow a £2.5bil­lion hole in the Bud­get ev­ery year.

‘This is right up there with all the fan­tasy plans to freely print money and use what­ever cur­rency they fancy.’

In May, Ni­cola Stur­geon urged firms to pre­pare for a four-day week as part of changes to the econ­omy af­ter the pandemic, say­ing: ‘We are seek­ing to have th­ese con­ver­sa­tions with em­ploy­ers.’

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