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Working too long is killing you

Emily Scurrah writes for Tribune


Long working hours led to 745,000 deaths worldwide in 2016. As we emerge from the pandemic, we urgently need to reclaim our free time – but the only way to do it is through worker organising, writes Emily Scurrah in Tribune:

The cruel double-bind of our contemporary working culture limits the time we have to give to democratic participation – and therefore our ability to resist the pressures of overwork. But reclaiming our time is our only hope for fighting a life cut short by preventable deaths, and lived beset by depression and anxiety. As our work at the New Economics Foundation has shown, working conditions — including how much time we spend at work — have worsened as union density has declined. Organising won us back our free time before – and it can again.”

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