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    Sweden Tries Out a Six-Hour Workday

    By kyle | May 27, 2016

    Like most Scandie ideas, this one is terrible. More in a column.

    Topics: Economics | 14 Comments »

    14 Responses to “Sweden Tries Out a Six-Hour Workday”

    1. JimmyC Says:
      May 27th, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      I seem to recall Venezuela also recently implemented a shorter work week…right before the entire economy collapsed and starving people started eating dogs and birds in the streets. I’m not entirely sure that’s the economic model other countries should be emulating.

    2. K Says:
      May 29th, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      I’m not getting the “The 32hr work week is bad because most people want to work more time” thing.

      I worked a 32hr/wk job (being paid 32hr worth of salary at the old rate) for the last 5 years in order to also work on a project I wanted to do. It gave me a living wage while I was setting up my own business and made it easier to do so. In reality, I probably worked 50+ hour work weeks.

      I think the thing you should have concentrated on was that moving everyone to 32hr with the same salary is in effect a government mandated wage boost. Yet another example vote buying at the expense of the economy. One that gives you a double boost at the polls because you’re paying off the parasites while also lowering jobless rate – which normally reduces the “misery index” but in this case would increase it as businesses when bankrupt.

    3. kishke Says:
      May 29th, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      I think the thing you should have concentrated on was that moving everyone to 32hr with the same salary is in effect a government mandated wage boost.

      That’s precisely what he wrote:

      “the city council has implemented 30-hour workweeks for the Svartedalens nursing home workers, with no reduction in pay, meaning an effective hourly pay raise of 33 percent and necessitating the hiring of extra employees to make up the slack”

    4. K Says:
      May 29th, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Ah! Missed it. Thanks

    5. Jordan Says:
      May 30th, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      white people dont want to work and dont want to pay them that do work but they call other people lazy

    6. kishke Says:
      June 1st, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Jordy, you’re lazy. And moronic.

    7. Jordan Says:
      June 1st, 2016 at 8:24 pm


    8. kishke Says:
      June 2nd, 2016 at 12:09 am

      Aw, that one hurt, Jordy, didn’t it? Ha!

    9. Jordan Says:
      June 3rd, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      HONK the landlord — he work? You call that work HONK

    10. Jordan Says:
      June 4th, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      mohommid Ali no HONK fan

    11. kishke Says:
      June 4th, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Jordy, are you crying?

    12. Jordan Says:
      June 5th, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      HINK making puppett Cuomo do a bds blacklist

    13. kishke Says:
      June 5th, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      You’re losing it little Jordy!

    14. Obama bin Biden Says:
      June 6th, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Cassius Clay was a racist and became a confused muzzy. But in the 70s, Ali relished in the life of a superstar even befriending Jews like Howard Cosell. He even endorsed Ronald Reagan for prezdint in 1984 re-elect bid. He repented for his anti-American rhetoric and association with radical Negroes.

      RIP Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.