Labo(u)r Day Tidings

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Montagu Scott, ‘What Eight Hour Day Means (The Betrothal of Industry and Leisure),’ The Worker (Queensland), 2 January 1904. As seen in “‘All the World Over:’ The Transnational World of Australian Radical and Labour Cartoonists” by Nick Dyrenfurth and Marian Quartly in Drawing the Line.

In “Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek),” David Cain tells us:

But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.

Rostap - The Great Question - 1904

 

And from Rostap, “The Great Question” (1904)

Just some variations on a theme today. Happy labo(u)ring!

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