By Christoph Hermann
John Maynard Keynes anticipated that round the yr 2030 humans may merely paintings 15 hours every week. within the mid-1960s, Jean Fourastié nonetheless expected the advent of the 30-hour week within the 12 months 2000, whilst productiveness might keep growing at a longtime velocity. productiveness development bogged down a bit of within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, yet rebounded within the Nineties with the unfold of recent info and verbal exchange applied sciences. the data economic system, notwithstanding, didn't lead to a jobless destiny or a global with out paintings, as a few students had envisioned. With few exceptions, paintings hours of full-time staff have infrequently fallen within the complicated capitalist international locations within the final 3 a long time, whereas in a couple of nations they've got really elevated because the Eighties.
This booklet takes the endurance of lengthy paintings hours as place to begin to enquire the connection among capitalism and paintings time. It does so through discussing significant theoretical faculties and their factors for the size and distribution of labor hours, in addition to tracing significant alterations in construction and replica structures, and reading their outcomes for paintings hours.
Furthermore, this quantity explores the fight for shorter paintings hours, ranging from the creation of the ten-hour paintings day within the 19th century to the advent of the 35-hour week in France and Germany on the finish of the 20th century. notwithstanding, the publication additionally indicates how neoliberalism has eroded collective paintings time rules and ended in a rise and polarization of labor hours because the Nineteen Eighties. ultimately, the booklet argues that shorter paintings hours not just ability extra loose time for staff, but in addition reduces inequality and improves human and ecological sustainability.
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