Pre-Program 'Phase 0' - Private-Public Partnership (precedent: France's Robien Law 1995-96)
THE PLAN.........is basically a series of incentives ( better termed 'investments') which percolate down from Government via employers to the workforce, and yield fruit at the national level, in economic and societal terms.
1) EMPLOYEES ARE GIVEN AN INCENTIVE BY THEIR EMPLOYER TO REDUCE THEIR WORK HOURS
For example: The offer of 4 days work at 4 1/2 days' pay.
The offer of company shares (productivity stimulus)
Daycare assistance etc.
Benefits: Reduced stress. Stress is now known to be the precursor of many serious health problems. We would
therefore have a healthier, happier populace, making fewer demands on the Health Care system.
Enhanced family life....reduced daycare costs.
Leisure time allows the creativity of the individual to flourish. Unique ideas for small businesses and varied projects of benefit to the community have time to emerge.
2) EMPLOYERS ARE ENABLED/ENCOURAGED TO EXPAND THEIR WORKFORCE THROUGH GOVERNMENT
For example: A tax reduction for participating enterprises, financed from the Unemployment and Welfare funds.
Lowered payroll benefit contributions, etc.
Benefits: An expanded workforce brings new talent and fresh ideas to their operation.
Employees who are appreciative of working in humane conditions and are likely to be loyal and productive.
3) THE PAYBACK TO GOVERNMENT (THE ECONOMY).......is manifold
The direct stimulus to the economy of an increased workforce, with more of the nation's money in the pockets of those likely to spend it, thereby encouraging supply of goods and services.
Lessened expenditure in many areas, notably Unemployment, Welfare, Health Care, Daycare
Political advantage : Government is seen as adopting an insightful policy in a humane manner : it is facilitating, rather than mandating the reduced workweek.
LEISURE TIME has different connotations for different people. For some it means watching tv.....but for others it means OPPORTUNITY .....to follow a dream from which we all may benefit.
Quick Reference. The 5 phases of the public-sector stage of the Timesizing program (bear in mind there's a private-sector stage preceding that of which the above ideas are a part) are:
1. Referendums, to broadly define unemployment and set target rates
2. Corporate overtime tax with an exemption for OJT and hiring
3. Individual workoholic tax with an exemption for mentoring and employing
4. Making the workweek vary inversely with unemployment, newly defined to include welfare, disability, homelessness, prisons, forced part time and self employment, forced early retirement...
5. If the workweek gets too short too fast, shifting the pressure to imports, immigrants, or births
6.=new 1. If the public doesn't want to squeeze imports immigrants or births, we move on to the next program, "Paysizing," and go through the same private and public sector stages of 5 phases apiece with "income and poverty" instead of "employment and joblessness".
For more details, see our campaign piece alias social-software manual, Timesizing, Not Downsizing, which is from *Amazon.com online.
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