- Oct 2013
Which is fine, but now factor all the stuff we like that does not directly relate to keeping us alive. Everything is cheaper generation to generation (say last 100 years) What is changing is the amount of stuff we want.
Of course, You're right. That would bring the question if I have to overwork myself just to change my car every two years instead every three years.
I will not continue on that, as I think it would derail the thread.
But the "working more", "working less" does rise a couple of questions.
There are cases were the working week was reduced, keeping the same wages after negotiations between direction and unions. It works out well, and in the end, the enterprises found themselves winning.
An example (not theoretical): Charleroi airport passed to a 30h week, same wage, workers accepted a much more flexible schedule. The airport got the people at work when it needs them (not having to pay in "dead hours" wages for nothing and employ interims in "rush hours"), workers have more free time to pass (with family, drinking a beer, whatever). Direction of the airport declared that there's a.clear efficiency raise, BTW.