Source: The Australian
quote: 35 hour work week.... Sounds like there is no ambition in France.
quote: I work for a French bilingual private school in the LA area and the one thing I have learned about French people is that they are the laziest people I've ever met and the only thing they do is complain. 35 hour work week.... Sounds like there is no ambition in France.
quote: No one on their deathbed ever wished they had worked more.
quote: Stupid comment. lol
quote: We're not talking about sculptors or philosophers or cosmologists. We're talking about real people, real laborers
quote: The French are already hurting because of their attitude. Their unemployment rate is very high, and they've had riots over the lack of work for some people. This is only going to make things worse.
quote: work more -> increase company productivity -> workers get paid more (or they should, if management has any brains) -> people spend more -> more demand for products -> more work to do -> more people get to work -> more work getting done -> back to the beginning
quote: That's a bunch of bull. There's always enough work for everyone, as long as they're willing to do it.
quote: work more -> increase company productivity -> workers get paid more (or they should, if management has any brains) -> people spend more -> more demand for products
quote: Actually, there is no problem. Working hours have reduced in western Europe over the last decades because productivity has increase greatly, and there is just no more work to be found. The original article fails to mention and to understand that unemployment would be significantly higher than 10% with a 40-hour-week, and that the 35-hour-week was very successful for those European industries which have chosen it. And indeed, fighting to "work less" means fighting to share the remaining work with more people, in order to fight unemployment. There is no problem, only social conscience.Just to give you an example, here at Airbus we do 35 hours a week both in France and Germany, and get a 400k $ per Year productivity out of it. I truly don't see how that is supposed to be a problem, and I don't see a problem with cutting back 5 hours a week, hiring a few more engineers, and sharing the wealth a little more.
quote: I think you should be looking at hours per employee per year, not hours per capita.
quote: The OECD stats page seems to define E-P ratio slightly differently, as the figures are different for the US, but we can still do a comparison:
quote: they could care little if you die the next day due to malnutrition because of their demands.
quote: It was brought forth after a study found that 39 percent of workers and 77 percent of managers used their smartphones, tablets and computers for work purposes in the evenings, during weekends and even on holidays.
quote: This rule follows a similar measure introduced in France in 1999, which stipulates a 35-hour work week. The idea was to reduce unemployment because employers would have to hire more workers to fill in the extra hours. However, it hasn't worked out so well -- unemployment in France is currently at 10.2 percent.
quote: Not sure really how they get anything done over there.
quote: guess the "law" (not really enforcable) is a way to signal that
quote: When you make a law knowing that everyone will break it, and choose to enforce it inconsistently, you have just given the government a tool (or excuse) to imprison, tax or fine anyone that they choose. They just use the law for cover to punish and penalize people they don't like.Laws that are used as "signals" or "suggestions" only lead to oppression.See: U.S. drug enforcement and its effect on minorities.
quote: ... a rigid system/job regulations