It sounds unbelievable, but in one of supposedly the most advanced European nations, the government plans to allow the working day to be extended to 12 hours!
We are talking about Austria, where tens of thousands of people in Vienna packed the streets on Saturday to voice their opposition to loosening labor laws to allow for a 12-hour workday and subsequent 60-hour workweek. Police in Vienna said some 80,000 people took part, while the trade unions that organized the protest said some 100,000 people attended.
What can someone say about this unimaginably absurd decision?
In an age of all this advanced technology, with AI and hyper-automation, people should work less hours, enjoying all the benefits and extra free time for their families and themselves. Yet, in the homeland of Austrian economics that led us to brutal neoliberalism, it seems that the elites push things to the opposite direction. Why? Is it just because human labor can't compete the machines?
Think about it. The elites are breaking the social contract because the increasingly advanced machines create an accelerating unbalance with a rapidly growing tank of human labor, which, unavoidably, becomes cheaper and cheaper.
So, you work harder and harder just to cover your basic needs. As you struggle to survive, there is no time and energy to fight for your rights. And as your resistance against this brutality is almost zero, it is easier for the 'patricians' to keep you imprisoned in this vicious circle of slavery. Now, they want you to work 12 hours, which means that soon it would be impossible to break the circle.
In the US we had an unprecedented onslaught against the public sector unions. The elites are ready for the perfect crime:
So, the goal is simple: to exploit you until the last drop of your blood before they throw you to the dustbin, replacing you by a machine.
Yet, there are signs of resistance in the US political process. The battle will be long and hard ...