NSW pushes five-day week for construction workers in healthcare

The NSW government is asking all builders to tender for projects on a five-day and six-day working week schedule as it seeks to expand the use of shorter working weeks for building staff, which it says improves work-life balance and adds little to project costs.

It follows the release of new research from the Australian Human Rights Institute, in collaboration with Health Infrastructure NSW and Roberts Co, which found nearly four-fifths of workers surveyed said their work-life balance was better and three-quarters preferred a week that cut out Saturdays in favour of longer days on site from Monday to Friday.

Dr Natalie Galea, lead researcher on Project 5: A weekend for every worker, spoke to The Australian Financial Review about the study.

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