Sweden introduces six-hour work day

  • metta

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    Jan 02, 2016 5:58 AM GMT
    Sweden introduces six-hour work day

  • Buddha

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    Jan 02, 2016 11:16 AM GMT
    The three companies in the article are the only ones to have implemented this, to say that "Sweden" introduces 6-hour-weeks is a bit exaggerated. I hope it'll become national though.
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    Jan 02, 2016 4:02 PM GMT
    That is GREAT!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 02, 2016 4:33 PM GMT
    Good luck getting this implemented as law in the U.S. because Wall Street and the CEOs will all scream bloody murder. Both Republicans and Democrats will pander to the wealthy classes in opposing this great idea.
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    Jan 02, 2016 4:40 PM GMT
    If the "Swedish" market can handle this, fine; if not, it'll become apparent soon enough. Query the effect of this trend upon Sweden's burgeoning immigrant population.
  • Sincityfan

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    Jan 02, 2016 7:30 PM GMT
    Sweden is great. It's one of the happiest countries in the world.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jan 03, 2016 8:36 AM GMT
    Other people, especially in Europe value their free time more than Americans as long as they don't lose their full time or seniority status for benefits. These proposed restrictions also can make a dent in unemployment levels by ramping up demand for additional workers to cover the unmanned hours.
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    Jan 03, 2016 8:42 AM GMT
    I love to work and put in a 80 hours a week sometimes. When you own your own business you have no choice. It's ok, because I like it.
  • mar0302

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    Jan 03, 2016 8:51 AM GMT
    I once had a debate with a Swiss colleague of mine when I was working in Zurich because supermarkets were barely open there on weekends.. I think it may be better now, at least on Saturdays.. anyway, at the time he said it wasn't fair to have supermarket employees have to work on weekends, and that they have families too and if people need groceries then they'll go during the week when the stores are open... very different attitude than the US, where the belief is that if someone wants to buy groceries at 2am then the store should be open for them.. Europe is changing though.. although in London the big supermarkets are still only open 12-5 on Sundays, closing just in time for you to get hungry for dinner. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 04, 2016 9:39 AM GMT
    Although, it looks like a good idea and I am not oppose to it....there is no such thing as a "free lunch"...someone has to pay one way or another in terms of increase revenue in taxes to maintain this and the employer as well.

    Sweden that I recall has a high rate of taxes to maintain its high social welfare programs.