Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

quote [ Work is badly distributed. People have too much, or too little, or both in the same month. And away from our unpredictable, all-consuming workplaces, vital human activities are increasingly neglected. Workers lack the time or energy to raise children attentively, or to look after elderly relations. “The crisis of work is also a crisis of home,” declared the social theorists Helen Hester and Nick Srnicek in a paper last year. This neglect will only get worse as the population grows and ages. ]

There's a lot of jewels in this article. From discussing how society might be reshaped, to pointing out that we're already in a post-work society, but a dystopic one. It's quite the read.
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[by raphael_the_turtle@7:57pmGMT]


foobar said[1] @ 6:50am GMT on 24th Jan
Part of the problem with zero hours and whatnot is, frankly, cowardice in the working (wo)man. Don't be afraid to tell your boss to get stuffed. We're in the developed world and if you get canned there's a safety net (sorry Americans and Somalians). If your boss pushes, push the fuck back.

Last Christmas, my boss tried to cut my salary. I told him he was legally obligated to give me two weeks notice, and that I would not accept a reduced offer.

I collected 1 week of employment insurance before his investors booted him and I was asked back. Now he literally flips burgers to keep his wife from kicking him to the curb.

Don't be afraid to tell your boss to fuck off. You owe it not only to yourself, but to the rest of the workforce.
slaytanik said @ 9:16am GMT on 25th Jan
I'm grateful that in South Africa we have pretty good labour laws that protect employees from shit like that. It can make things difficult when you need to get rid of staff that don't perform well, but that just encourages your hiring and review process to be more efficient.

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