1 July 2019 WorkLabour Aidan Harper makes the case for a new politics of time. How can we claim to be free when we have no choice but to work? It is not a flippant question; for the majority of people in Western societies the very model of working time we use is perhaps the greatest obstacle to freedom on a day-to-day basis. We are given the choice to either work, or to starve: it’s hardly the resounding vision of a free society, particularly one with unprecedented material wealth. But what if we could expand the amount of time we call our own? In the search for greater freedom, a fast growing movement for a four-day week has emerged. We are chronically overworked and suffer from a crisis of worsening mental health. In 2018, the total number of days lost to work-related stress, anxiety and depression in the UK rose by three million to 15.4 million. Overwork is the major reason for sickness at work, with one in four of all sick days lost as a direct result of workload. … [Read more...] about What if…: … we worked less?
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Would you be more likely to stick with a company that gave you a day off in the middle of the week, every week? Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email By Celina Ribeiro 30 April 2019 On Wednesdays, while most of her friends are at work, Tiffany Schrauwen is on the tennis court, practising her backhand. The Melbourne project manager has a lesson all to herself at 09:00, and it can’t be bad for her game.Schrauwen isn’t slacking off. For nearly a year, digital marketing agency Versa – where she works – has shut down on Wednesdays, giving staff a four-day week at five days’ pay.You might also like:- Why we should work lessAre you an insecure overachiever?How 'sitting meat' … [Read more...] about The Australian company that banned work on Wednesdays
The poorest 50% of households could see 13% boost in income by 2030 with 4-day week and higher minimum wage. It is part of a radical plan to solve the UK’s ongoing productivity crisis devised by thinktank the New Economics Foundation who are in favour of gradually reducing time spent working while raising minimum wages faster than planned. Britain is now in its tenth year of feeble labour productivity growth and politicians have so far failed to tackle the crisis. Their research shows that moving to a 4-day week by 2030 while lifting the national living wage to around £19 per hour rather than an expected level of £12 per hour would result in a rise of disposable income for the poorest 50% of households by 13% on average. For the poorest 10% of families, incomes rise by an average of 26%, while incomes for the richest 10% would be 8% lower. Last year Labour ’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell hinted that the party could support a four-day week as a way to ensuring … [Read more...] about Four day week and higher minimum wage could solve UK’s productivity crisis
China wants to work with the European Union on issues from climate change to trade, Premier Li Keqiang wrote in a German newspaper before a summit next week aimed at cementing ties, reports Trend referring to Reuters Diplomats in Brussels have said that tensions over trade, investments and minority rights mean China and the EU may fail to agree a joint declaration at the April 9 summit. That could dent European efforts to gain greater access to Chinese markets. In a column for Monday’s edition of Handelsblatt, extracts of which were released on Sunday, the Chinese Premier denied accusations Beijing was trying to split the bloc by investing in eastern European states. “We emphatically support the European integration process in the hope of a united and prosperous Europe,” wrote Li. He said Beijing’s close cooperation with eastern European states was “advantageous for a balanced development within the EU”. Concerned by potential Chinese dominance of … [Read more...] about China wants to work with EU on trade, premier writes before summit
AN emaciated German Shepard died after her cruel owners allowed her to lose half her body weight. Cassie was no more than skin and bones and weighed just over one stone when she was finally taken to the vets by the RSPCA. Christopher Bloy, 26 and partner Heather Wray, 25 who admitted to causing unnecessary suffering to their frail pup have been banned from keeping animals for 10 years. The average weight for Cassie's breed is between four stone ten pounds and five stone seven pounds. The couple from Grimsby failed to take Cassie to the vets when she began to drop weight between September 10 and November 10 last year. Sadly, Cassie who weighed one stone and 12 pounds had to be put down when she was taken to the Blue Cross by horrified RSPCA workers. Strangely, the pair had another dog who was of normal weight and not neglected but after Cassie's heartbreaking treatment that dog will also be removed and rehomed. Rachel Taylor, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told Grimsby Magistrates' Court … [Read more...] about Couple failed to call in vets to help their emaciated German Shepherd who died after she lost half her body weight