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We all have the ‘right to disconnect’ – but only some of us can afford it 

04 Mar

The global race to tame and civilise digital capitalism is on. In France, the “right to disconnect” – requiring companies of a certain size to negotiate how their employees handle out-of-hours work and availability – came into force on 1 January. In 2016 a similar bill was submitted to the South Korean parliament. Earlier this month a congressman in the Philippines introduced another such measure, receiving the support of an influential local trade union. Many companies – from Volkswagen to Daimler – have already made similar concessions, even in the absence of national legislation.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/19/right-to-disconnect-digital-gig-economy-evgeny-morozov

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Posted by on March 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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One response to “We all have the ‘right to disconnect’ – but only some of us can afford it 

  1. peteybee

    March 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Interesting, but nonsense. The right to disconnect applies mainly to salaried office workers who spend much of their time coordinating their work with collaborators over email. (Sales & marketing, “creatives”, managers, customer support, logistics of all stripes, engineers, accountants, lawyers)… For all these occupations, the right to disconnect, as well as Obama’s now defunct expansion of overtime to a decent sized subset of salaried workers, would be a real thing.

     

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