Examining the case for a shorter working week

O Nef (new economics foundation) dedica-se ao estudo e debate de novos modelos economicos baseados na sustentabilidade, equidade e niveis de bem estar que permitam responder às questões de desenvolvimento economico que hoje se colocam ao mundo ocidental. Esta semana o debate indice sobre a proposta de uma mudança de paradigma que passaria por uma semana de trabalho de 21 horas. Aqui fica a sintese:

As the economic crisis deepens, this is the moment to consider moving towards much shorter, more flexible paid working hours – sharing out jobs and unpaid time more fairly across the population

This report sets out arguments for a much shorter working week. It proposes a radical change in what is considered ‘normal’ – down from 40 hours or more, to 21 hours. While people can choose to work longer or shorter hours, we propose that 21 hours – or its equivalent spread across the calendar year – should become the standard that is generally expected by government, employers, trade unions, employees, and everyone else.

The vision
Moving towards much shorter hours of paid work offers a new route out of the multiple crises we face today. Many of us are consuming well beyond our economic means and well beyond the limits of the natural environment, yet in ways that fail to improve our well-being – and meanwhile many others suffer poverty and hunger. Continuing economic growth in high-income countries will make it impossible to achieve urgent carbon reduction targets. Widening inequalities, a failing global economy, critically depleted natural resources and accelerating climate change pose grave threats to the future of human civilisation.

A ‘normal’ working week of 21 hours could help to address a range of urgent, interlinked problems: overwork, unemployment, over-consumption, high carbon emissions, low well-being, entrenched inequalities, and the lack of time to live sustainably, to care for each other, and simply to enjoy life.

Aceder ao paper aqui:

http://www.neweconomics.org/sites/neweconomics.org/files/21_Hours.pdf

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