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Three-day weekends might actually become a thing

UK’s biggest trade union says we should be paid the same for working less

UK’s biggest trade union says we should be paid the same for working less.

What it means: In the last few decades, human beings have invented a bunch of cool stuff that could help us out in the workplace. Robots, automation and artificial intelligence (machines that can do creatively smart things like playing video games or putting together Ikea furniture) are expected to add £200 billion to the UK economy in the next decade.

TUC, an umbrella group of British trade unions, say we should use these extra billions to give people more time off. They’re lobbying the government to shorten the working week to four days without reducing salaries. TUC say employers won’t lose any money by doing this because all that tech we’ve created is going to make us so much better at our jobs that we’ll produce more in four days than we used to in five.

A Welsh company called IndyCube actually tried the four-day workweek out. They say it was super successful: their staff ended up doing more work in less time. Sweden found something similar when it experimented with reducing the average workday to six hours. So it's good economics to work less. You can tell your boss we said so ;)

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?