Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Nations were people work least (and make some of the highest wages)

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU
 
No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-29-12 12:39 PM
Original message
Nations were people work least (and make some of the highest wages)
Edited on Sun Jul-29-12 12:40 PM by No Elephants
http://bottomline.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/07/29/12816364...

Very interesting article. For instance, German workers tend to work the fewest hours, yet their wages are 7th highest.

Americans tend to puff with pride whenever our politicians describe us as highly productive workers.

Maybe we should take less pride in that until our wages are commensurate with our productivity!

examples:

Germany

Average annual hours per person: 1,330
Average working hours per week: 25.6
Average wage per hour: $35.33 (7th highest)
2011 unemployment rate: 6 percent

Every year since 2007, Germans had the fewest hours worked on average, with a low of 1,296 in 2009. One reason this number was so low is that in 2011 14.7 percent of all employees were temporary workers, while 22.1 percent only worked part-time, both above OECD averages. Those in permanent, full-time positions also had significant time for themselves, as only 5.14 percent of Germans work more than 50 hours a week, less than half the 10.86 percent of Americans who worked that much in 2011. The average German had 15.31 hours a day to devote to leisure, one of the highest figures among OECD countries. In 2009, the German government introduced a program that allowed companies to cut work weeks for employees, as opposed to firing them, in exchange for the governments pledge to cover remaining wages.

2) Netherlands

Average annual hours per person: 1,336
Average working hours per week: 25.7
Average wage per hour: $42.67 (4th highest)
2011 unemployment: 4.4 percent

Workers in the Netherlands enjoy low levels of unemployment, high incomes and one of the smallest proportion of employees working 50 or more hours a week -- at only 0.7 percent. GDP per capita is also third highest among the countries we reviewed. In the OECD report, the Netherlands had the highest reported proportion of part-time workers in 2011 at 37.2 percent.

3) France

Average annual hours per person: 1,392
Average working hours per week: 26.8
Average wage per hour: $34.26 (8th highest)
2011 unemployment rate: 9.3 percent
http://bottomline.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/07/29/12816364...
Refresh | +1 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-30-12 04:21 AM
Response to Original message
1. In the United States we got rid of organized labor.
Edited on Mon Jul-30-12 04:26 AM by Enthusiast
Or nearly almost. That is working out nicely. Now we work like dogs for less reward and more profit for the few.

I have news for these happy Europeans; the Fascists have the American model in mind for you. If they have to destroy your economy through the actions of a criminal financial system to accomplish these ends, they will do it. And they are....doing it.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-30-12 08:20 AM
Response to Reply #1
2. Europeans have unions, but they also have workers who will strike and demonstrate at what seems like
Edited on Mon Jul-30-12 08:23 AM by No Elephants
the drop of a hat, or a beret.

Union leadership can do only so much without a brave and energetic workforce.

Americans, in part because we are so large and have so many "wide open spaces" (unpopulated or sparsely) populated), just don't do that. But geography is not the only reason. Americans seem to have a docility that I find incongruent with our origins as a nation.

Seems as though once the Revolutionary War ended, the people ceased making waves with government. I am not sure why. Wish I knew.

(The Depression and the Vietnam War were exceptions, but therer was even a remarkable amount of docility during the Depression.)



Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Jul 30th 2014, 11:26 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC