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    What effect will the progressive working hours reduction have, on this part of unemployment, that is created by automation.


    Can such measure combat the present levels of unemployment and most importantly, the unavoidably upcoming higher unemployment and wages reductions, as automation advances and matures more. Employee compensations will also be in danger because human work will get less and less necessary and important.


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    Are you meaning the reduction of working hours from full time to part time?


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    Quote Originally Posted by fay's unKle View Post
    What effect will the progressive working hours reduction have, on this part of unemployment, that is created by automation.


    Can such measure combat the present levels of unemployment and most importantly, the unavoidably upcoming higher unemployment and wages reductions, as automation advances and matures more. Employee compensations will also be in danger because human work will get less and less necessary and important.
    Some countries are experimenting with 6 hours working week. For example Switzerland, France and Germany. Among them only Swiss retained this practice on more or less permanent basis. I think that 4 day 8-hrs working week would be even better for human strength recovery as 3 day weekends would be very pleasant. Making working week shorter may reduce unemployment theoretically, but it is an official measure and there can be some practical violations. In the 1950-70 many futurists predicted that people will switch to a shorter working week at the beginning of 21 century, so it seems a way a reasonable society may choose.
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