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UK Proposal: 75% Wage Lower to Fight Local weather Change

John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of Britain. By Transition Heathrow, CC BY, Hyperlink

h/t James Delingpole – Britain’s Labour Opposition Occasion, which has an actual likelihood of profitable the subsequent UK election, is severely contemplating a assume tank proposal to radically reduce working hours and wages to cut back everybody’s carbon footprint.

Plan for 10-hour working week with 75% paycut underneath Labour

Martine Berg Olsen Monday 10 Jun 2019 7:54 am

The Labour Occasion is discussing plans to usher in a 10-hour working week and slash pay by 75 per cent to deal with local weather change. The novel report titled The Ecological Limits of Work by the Autonomy Group states until present carbon emissions are reduce there can be an ‘unprecedented lower within the financial exercise’.

It says the sustainable work week would doubtless be ‘nicely beneath 10 hours per week’.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who has beforehand backed a four-day working week, stated: ‘It is a important contribution to the rising debate round free time and decreasing the working week.’ Leo Murray, adviser to Shadow Treasury minister Clive Lewis, stated: ‘I like this take so much.’

Lewis has beforehand backed one other controversial report from the group on decreasing the working week.

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The total report, “The Ecological Limits of Work”, is on the market right here.

Underneath the subject “different concerns”, the report authors categorical concern that their proposed reduce won’t be deep sufficient, as a result of individuals working shorter hours is perhaps extra productive through the time they do work, which might cancel among the ecological “profit” of a shorter working week.

This isn’t a fringe proposal. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who praised the proposal, is a senior determine within the Labour Occasion, and has an actual likelihood of being put accountable for Britain’s banking system and financial system after the subsequent election.

The report type of skips over points which could concern some staff, like how British staff already struggling gasoline poverty are presupposed to heat their properties and feed their households with 75% much less cash, and the way they’re presupposed to pay their mortgages and payments (perhaps all mortgages will likely be forgiven?), however I doubt the politicians contemplating this radical coverage proposal have ever personally skilled actual starvation, poverty or chilly.

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