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Old 05-06-2013, 05:19 AM
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Yup. "High" is relative here. The 80's were pretty nuts in that regard. Don't think that will ever happen again.
Big business likes high unemployment; labor is cheap, benefits becoming non-existent, and a feeling of truly being trapped by a lousy job. Not to mention automation of manual labor where ever possible.[/quote]

It's definitely a great excuse for less ethical firms to cut jobs and slash / freeze benefits when they feel like they have all the leverage. Automation is just a continuous trend, though.[/quote]

The business model has evolved with the advent of the machines. A couple decades ago Just In Time Inventories came to market and over this time all corporations are using that model.

Robots - started in the Japan and has been moved to all functions of the business market. At one time we actually grilled a burger now you just put it on the tread mill for baking and shaking.

Mid-West/Europe - many of the hotel, car rental check in/out stations are no longer manned with people. It is just a put your card in and a key is made available to you. Not an employee required and the machines work 7/24 no smoke, lunch, bio breaks.

Recent in the last 8 - 10 years we have the advent of the Just In Time Employee. Wallmart, Sams Club are leading the way with this technology. They will hire you but only if you are available 7/24 on demand for the 10 - 15 hour work week. If you miss a day when they call they will no longer use you. It is how business will continue to move with no regard for the lives that this business model will impact. There job and only job is to reward the company and people are just unfortunately little more than a toilet roll waiting to be disposed for the next one in line.
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Big business likes high unemployment; labor is cheap, benefits becoming non-existent, and a feeling of truly being trapped by a lousy job. Not to mention automation of manual labor where ever possible.
It's definitely a great excuse for less ethical firms to cut jobs and slash / freeze benefits when they feel like they have all the leverage. Automation is just a continuous trend, though.[/quote]

The business model has evolved with the advent of the machines. A couple decades ago Just In Time Inventories came to market and over this time all corporations are using that model.

Robots - started in the Japan and has been moved to all functions of the business market. At one time we actually grilled a burger now you just put it on the tread mill for baking and shaking.

Mid-West/Europe - many of the hotel, car rental check in/out stations are no longer manned with people. It is just a put your card in and a key is made available to you. Not an employee required and the machines work 7/24 no smoke, lunch, bio breaks.

Recent in the last 8 - 10 years we have the advent of the Just In Time Employee. Wallmart, Sams Club are leading the way with this technology. They will hire you but only if you are available 7/24 on demand for the 10 - 15 hour work week. If you miss a day when they call they will no longer use you. It is how business will continue to move with no regard for the lives that this business model will impact. There job and only job is to reward the company and people are just unfortunately little more than a toilet roll waiting to be disposed for the next one in line.[/quote]

The impact of automation was predicted years ago, I recall discussions in in one of the many pinko-commie liberal arts courses (I graduated with a major in Sociology before deciding I needed to be able to make a living) I took in the 70s. The theory at the time was that we would see the standard work week decrease from 5 days to 4 days creating more positions for workers. Different days, different ideas. The country was more about "we" than "me".
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