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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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    I'm not sure it would have much if any effect on unemployment. People without ability, desire, or qualifications for work would still be unemployed, while people willing and qualified would probably just take on second jobs.
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    Recently Sweden joined 6-hours working day club.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanley514 View Post
    Recently Sweden joined 6-hours working day club.
    Only in a few experiments: What really happened when Swedes tried six-hour days? - BBC News
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    In Canada unionized employees are ...classed... as regular or casual workers. The regulars with seniority enjoy a predictable schedule and comfortable positions. The casuals work their way up filling odd shifts at different locations. Typically these casuals eagerly accept the most hours per week offered, to amass seniority hours... which takes years. Often they quit before attaining it. I believe the system - not anyone's cruel intention - the system contrives to cause burn-out, frustration, and incidental attrition among the casual workers, lest too many rise to seniority.

    I suppose pressure to reduce working hours would hit the casual workers exclusively. Then this class of employees who are basically on-call must persist a decade or more to attain regular status.



    A relevant experiment is about to begin. This when one of British Columbia's largest employers, the BC Ferry Corporation, radically switches the work "week" for crew.

    I call it an experiment because this employer has unusual HR constraints that, for our purposes, remove a lot of variables. They can't toy with the basic morning/evening shift arrangement (ships typically run 5:30am - 11:30pm). Nor can they reduce sailings (hours per shift). And federal safety regulations prevent a reduction in crew per vessel... that also removes the variable of automation/efficiency. Of course this essential service must run 7 days per week.

    Regular ferry workers currently do 5 morning shifts, then 5 evening shifts, then get 5 days off. The union membership is expected to vote for a new "five-five" schedule that is: five regular work days followed by five days off.

    Then after ten years or so an economist may see the effect of this one change, most other variables constant.
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