Does a six-day work week await us?
gGermans will have to work 42 hours a week to prevent the retirement age from rising to 70, said Michael Hüther, director of the Institute of German Economics at Funke Media Group. He thinks it would help support Germany’s aging population by 2030. In recent years, many have hoped for a four-day working week, but some trends may be pointing in the opposite direction. There are indications that a six-day working week will be introduced again, and not just in Europe.
As international unrest increases, the global economy is in jeopardy and the average worker may have to bear the brunt. During the coronavirus pandemic, some sectors have asked employees to work a six-day work week. In China’s tech industry, 12-hour, six-day-a-week shifts have been common for some time. But could a six-day work week become law around the world?
The potential 42-hour week in Germany is legally problematic in a five-day working week. German working time law states: “The working day of employees may not exceed eight hours. It can only be increased to 10 hours if an average of eight hours per working day is not exceeded within six calendar months or within 24 weeks” (Arbeitszeitgesetz). Some exceptions can be made, but a 42-hour work week, as proposed, is not legal unless we work on Saturdays. Legal regulations allow for a 48-hour work week if you work six days a week. The law considers Saturday as a working day. While working on Sundays is authorized in certain specific cases, “[a]At least 15 Sundays per year must remain free from work.
One of the stated purposes of the law is “to protect Sundays and holidays recognized by the state as days of rest from work and of spiritual upliftment for employees.” Sundays are protected in Germany; Saturdays are not.
There are also Europe-wide movements to ensure Sunday rest. Last year, the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the EU and the European Sunday Alliance wrote in a joint statement: “On the occasion of the annual European Day of Sunday without work, the European Sunday Alliance calls Europe’s political leaders to pay more attention to the value of synchronized free time. This is particularly relevant at a time when the covid-19 The pandemic has accelerated the existing challenges of digitalization by intensifying work and extending working hours, thereby jeopardizing a healthy work-life balance for more people. The 3 of March, a d 321, Emperor Constantine decreed that Sunday would be a day of rest protected by law.
Article 2 of the Council of Europe’s Social Charter already requires “a weekly rest period which should, as far as possible, coincide with the day recognized by the tradition or custom of the country or region concerned as day off “. If the six-day working week is required throughout Europe, leaders want to see Sunday rest assured. In some cases, it is already the law. Obviously, there is concern that the increase in working hours and the need to be available outside working hours will undermine this traditional “rest”.
The fact that we now have a five-day work week should not be taken for granted. Although this can be partially attributed to modern machinery, Jewish workers in the United States have played a major role in changing our pace of work. “It took decades for Saturday to go from a half day to a full day of rest,” said the Atlantic wrote. “In 1908, a factory in New England became the first American factory to institute the five-day week. He did this to accommodate Jewish workers, whom the observance of the Saturday Sabbath forced them to make up for work on Sundays, offending some members of the Christian majority. The factory gave these Jewish workers a two-day weekend, and other factories followed suit.
The existence of a seven-day week is a mystery to many. A year is calculated based on the time it takes the Earth to revolve around the sun. A month is calculated by the rotation of the moon around the Earth. A day is determined by the revolution of the Earth on its axis. But what about a week?
The seven-day week recalls the biblical story of Genesis and God’s creation week. At the end of this week, God rested on the seventh day, the Sabbath. However, because the tomb of Jesus Christ was found empty on a Sunday, the first day of the week, some claim it is the Christian Sabbath. This, however, was never authorized by Christ or the apostles.
The Bible has much to say about those who rest on Sunday. In Who or what is the prophetic beast?, the late Herbert W. Armstrong showed that Revelation 13 warns that a six-day workweek and Sunday rest will be imposed on nations throughout the world. What exactly will cause this shift remains to be seen, but the trends are certainly pointing in that direction.
To understand the wonderful truth of God’s commanded Sabbath rest and how it points to a better world to come, request a free copy of Mr. Armstrong’s booklet. What day is the Christian Sabbath?