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.
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.
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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