[ExI] arrested for what?
anders at aleph.se
Mon Dec 24 23:02:47 UTC 2012
On 24/12/2012 20:37, Henriks Gmail wrote:
> So all vacations and worktime control in sweden is based on a systematic exploition of workers. Not sending the employees to rest and have fun outside work is bad for production results.
> All that human rights yada is a nice afterthought.
Well, the declaration was made in 1948. While human factors and
scientific management were around by then (Taylor was active in the 19th
century) I don't think the studies of post-holiday efficiency were done
by then. If there was any coldly rational reasons for article 23 it was
likely based on a lay understanding that workers do need rest. Ford
instituted the five day work week in 1926, and by 1940 it had become
universal in the US. Note that it talks about holidays: it might also
have been motivated by the freedom of religion rights.
One could argue that almost anything in society is intended to exploit
people. Just as one can argue it is intended to do social signalling to
allow status games. The exact mix of reasons is usually a jumble.
But one practical method to analyse things is to check whether reversing
the policy or institution would produce a better result. If we removed
paid holidays and people had to work to burnout, would we get a less
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