Feb 182010

Nef is not calling for sudden or imposed change, but for a slow shift across the course of a decade or more. Wage increments can gradually be exchanged for shorter hours. There will be time to adjust incentives for employers, to discourage overtime, reduce costs per employee, to improve flexibility in ways that suit employees, and to extend training to offset skills shortages. There will be time to phase in a higher minimum wage and more progressive taxation, to change people’s expectations, and to adjust to low-carbon lifestyles that absorb more time and less money.

This plan makes no sense. Why do we need a higher minimum wage if we’re going to be spending so much less money on stuff? Where are the extra jobs going to come from if people are purchasing fewer goods and services? How many businesses will be available to hire people after you’ve bankrupted a bunch of them by forcing them to pay their employees more money for less work and by discouraging people from consuming the goods and services they produce?

In short, how stupid and totalitarian are you, really?

Seriously, just go away. Go away and stop telling me what to do.

  2 Responses to “Nef proposes 21-hour work week”

  1. It’s amazing how stupid the enemy is. We should be winning, shouldn’t we? What gives?

    • If you read the comments on the article, you’ll notice a fair few people damning the capitalist pig-dogs for demanding that they work in return for their wages, and for insisting on having one person do the job for 40 hours a week instead of two people doing it for 20 hours apiece.

      This, after a report released two days ago showed that “About 2.8m people, almost a tenth of the UK workforce, are “underemployed” – working fewer hours than they would like because the work is not there.”

      I propose that all those people who feel they’re working too much exchange jobs with those who feel they’re working too little. Then we can talk about whether the working week is a problem.

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