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hope du jourtm – TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
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Google Search newsclips of what the world is doing right - and our latest ranking of leading countries: The core solution is so obvious, it's below the radar. Usually it's just one item on a list with few realizing it's the ink & paper. It's our closest candidate to the "Holy Grail" of economic design, the Single All-Sufficient Regulation, & despite *dismissal by 'experts,' it's the world's most common (but least publicized & yet-to-be fully exploited) response to downturn & it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments. In each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hourscuts or furloughs -
DUBLIN, Ireland - ...The EU directive sets out a number of measures to protect workers’ welfare and safety. These include: A maximum 48-hour workweek, averaged over a reference period; A 20-minute break for every 4½ hours worked or a 30-minute break for every 6 hours worked; [and] 11 hours daily rest or equivalent compensatory rest and 35 hours consecutive rest every 7 days; or two periods of 35 hours or one period of 59 hours of consecutive rest every 14 days... - see whole article under today's date.
PERTH, Australia - ...Lanco [parent co.] made a submission to the Fair Work Commission on Friday asking it to determine the impact of a 35-hour week across a range of salary bands, down from the current 42-hour roster. The new roster, which could remove penalty payments, would result in an average 38% cut to wages - or $47,000 a year for the average worker. However, Lanco..would be prepared to accept a pay cut worth half this amount - or a 17% reduction in the wages bill...
- see whole article under today's date.
Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and *vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We can't simply project a pre-computer 40-hour workweek indefinitely into the age of robotics. It may be fun to sneer at believers in the fixed "lump of labor fallacy" because "there's an infinite amount of work to be done," but where's the corresponding willingness to pay for it? - and without pay, it isn't, and doesn't, work. So we need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. Shorter hours is a strategy that is reinvented hundreds of times a day across the U.S. in this recession and thousands of times a day across the world in both public & private sectors, in every industry, and in a variety of ways. Many countries and U.S. states already have worksharing programs to cushion the transition to permanently shorter workweeks that automatically adjust to our rising levels of productive technology in the Age of Robotics. These programs currently are designed to be temporary. Here's what their permanent program will look like when they finally succumb to the inevitable.
doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives incl. hope)
- here in the context of a robust solution (see hope du jour above), you can see the bad news and the impotence of today's "experts" as portrayed in the mainstream American narratives -
- editor's comments in [square brackets] by Phil Hyde email@example.com -
- headlines from *Porter Sq. Bks, Cambridge MA & updating from Kate's Kaffé, Somerville MA USA -
growth-reversing DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - you can't get growth (UPsizing) by downsizing but you can by timesizing -
...The consolidation leaves 1,500 people out of work...
wall of CLOSINGS & BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
[Keep downsizing instead of staying the same size with timesizing and pretty soon the bankruptcies are creeping waaay up the food chain.]
[Compare "Richer financial sector, poorer everything else". Why? Cuz despite the shock&awe of huge-sum circulation in the fin sec (and volume-of-trades figures), the population involved is tiny relative to the monetary circulation in the other sectors, particularly the consumer base and the business sector, and the employment basement. And since money is a symbol, it depends critically on agreement as to its value, and agreement is critically dependent on the size of the population in agreement. ARTICULATION BREAKTHRU ALERT]
CEOs at S&P 500 firms make, on average, $12.3 million [a year], as much as 354 rank-and-file workers... $35,000 average pay of workers - Harvard Business School Study [graph caption]
[America's classless-society dream has given way to a no-class reality.]
[Don't they mean, as robots change the game, CEOs downsize instead of timesize the game - and still expect upsizing (growth)?]
[And U.S. QE 'masking' pain of deepening depression, cuz hey, the Fed's handing it all to the financial sector so, the system's working!...for wealthy decision-makers, and "if it works, don't fix it"!]
Divisions have emerged between policy makers and the central bank.
[But have they emerged in time?]
[Oh so the USA has a right to interfere with other country's news management nevermind the massive censorship that goes on here, albeit more skillfully subtle?]
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