Singapore 'no' to shorter work week

SINGAPORE: Calls to shorten Singapore’s current five-and-a-half-day work week to give employees a better work-life balance have been rejected, it was reported yesterday. 

Now is not the time for the civil service to switch to a five-day work week, said Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. 

“It’s time ... to work a little bit harder, put in the extra effort, because we want to get out of this slump, turn ourselves around, get moving,” The Straits Times quoted Lee as saying on Sunday in reference to the city-state’s economy. 

Only a third of private companies follow a five-day week, he noted. 

If more firms adopted a shorter work week and it became the norm, the government would consider following suit, he added. 

The Remaking Singapore Committee had proposed the shorter week to signal to employers it is important for people to better balance their work and personal lives. – dpa  

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