Individual Paper: Degrowth/working time
The movement for degrowth and the movement for working time reduction have two important issues in common:
1. The social protection of workers laid off by degrowth and
2. More time for a good and sustainable life
If in the process of degrowth we reduce fossil fuel extraction, energy-intensive production of industrial and agricultural products, unnecessary transport and consumer products, etc., those working in these fields see their jobs threatened and will oppose degrowth, unless we have a good and plausible solution for their employment in the case of job loss. Reducing the normal full-time working week from 40 to 30 hours, with full compensation of wages and personnel, would be such a solution. In addition to sharing the available work among all, it would provide more time for sharing and repairing, for community and care work, for democratic participation, for individual interests and needs.
The movement for shorter working hours is gaining momentum in many countries among trade unions, economists, political parties and social movements. ATTAC-Germany and the Collectif Roosevelt in France are collaborating to organize a meeting of these proponents from France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Luxemburg and others to consolidate and strengthen the efforts of all these players. The meeting will take place in Brussels in October.
We must counter the doctrine that growth is the only way to prevent unemployment and precarious jobs. We see it as an urgent issue for this conference, to integrate the question of working time reduction in the movement for degrowth.
Start time: 14:30
Room: ABF (Stora Salen)
Track: The Pluriverse: Articulating alternatives to development