July 05, 2012

Governments, start by guaranteeing one hour of work per week for absolutely everyone, and then take it from there

Sir, Robert and Edward Skidelsky, in “Enough is enough of thewest’s age of consumption” write that “Government should gradually reduce the maximum allowable hours for work for most occupations, guaranteeing a job for everyone who wants to work that amount of time” July 5. 

Wrong! Governments should gradually increase the guaranteed hours of work for all workers. Start guaranteeing one hour and move up from there! 

Government has no role guaranteeing more hours of work to one who already has more than the average hours of work.