Re: Wrong paradigm
Ok, you can back of the straw-manning now.
I don't know where this magical 8 hours came from, but if you went from 80 - which is dangerous and causes people to make mistakes because they're not sleeping enough, to 50 - you'd save lives, and if it took another 3 years to become fully qualified I doubt that would be the end of the world. Oh, and whilst we're on the subject who said anything about preventing people from training for any amount of time they chose to do so? Education and work. Not the same thing.
I also don't remember saying anything about everyone getting paid the same regardless of what their job is - a quick check would appear to be because I didn't, which was a relief because that would have been pretty silly.
As for emigration, why on earth would people leave here to go work longer hours somewhere else for the same pay? This would actually be a powerful driver for immigration if anything.
You put wages up, and you put working time down and efficiency improvements made by automating things makes up the difference, it's really not that hard a concept to grasp. The only reason it doesn't work like this is because a bunch of greedy bastards worked out that they could make the same efficiency improvements, keep wages and working time where they are, and pocket the difference thus shafting the workforce.
Once everyone earns enough money to support themselves comfortably I can't imagine there are enough people out there who are going to say "No, actually, I don't really want to get a decent nights sleep every night and spend some daylight hours with my family. What I really want to do is work an extra 20 hours a week so I can afford to buy a new car this year instead of waiting till next!" that it would actually make any difference.
I mean, if they existed they'd all be out there clamouring to have their pointless wasteful weekends taken away so they could get on with all that lovely high paying work... right?
People are working 2 jobs now not because they want to "Maximize their earnings" they're doing it because pay is currently so fucking shitty, and rent so insanely high that it's that or live on the streets.