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June
2022

Reduced Working Hours: Work Less for the Same Amount of Money?

Stress, exhaustion, and the pressure to perform. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all work less? The history of labour struggles shows us that this does not have to be a utopia. Our short video explains why the same arguments against a reduction in working hours are made again and again, and why a 40-hour work week is by no means set in stone.

 

How would things be if we had more time for the important things in life, such as friends, family, political engagement, or downtime from our busy everyday lives? Working less is an obvious solution. But unfortunately, part-time work all too often means that workers end up doing the same amount of work in less time, and the pay is barely enough to live on. It also places a burden on co-workers who have to pick up the slack in a workplace that is already understaffed.

Less Work for Everyone!

In order for a reduction in working hours to become a realistic alternative, it must be accompanied by a plan to compensate pay and staffing levels. Our aim should be to work less, earn the same wage, and create new jobs! Studies and large-scale experiments repeatedly show that these conditions increase rather than decrease satisfaction, health, and productivity. So as a society, almost everyone would benefit.

 

 

 

What´s the Problem?

Employers hate the idea of the four-day work week, since a collectively organized reduction in working hours comes up against the interests of companies and their shareholders.

 

 

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