I just revisited this issue and discovered that the option --days was supported in earlier versions of iptables.

Fwbuilder does allow setting the version of iptables (select the firewall and Edit). After setting the version to 1.4.4 or later, fwbuilder correctly generated the script with --weekdays instead.

Ver 1.4.4 of iptables was released in 2009, so I recommend that this be the default version so others will not be caught out as I was.