We need to be more conscious. We need to take more accountability for our own learning, health and growth. We need to stop putting all faith and trust into institutions and massive organizations for our well being. Our mental, physical, psychological health rests on our own shoulders. Too many people are forfeiting their own health and wellness for the benefit of others. They sacrifice themselves to the alters of their job, their community, etc.
It is time to take better care of ourselves. Focus on our own total wellness.
“It is high time to rid ourselves of the notion that leisure for workmen is either lost time or a class privilege.”
- Henry Ford FOUNDER, FORD MOTOR
The 8 hour workday didn’t come about easily. It was fought for all over the world since the early 1800’s. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s, early 1900’s that countries started to implement it. We need to create more “me” time. More time to take care of ourselves and to develop ourselves. Stop feeling guilty for taking care of yourself. You can’t offer to others if your tank is empty.
8 hours workday
The eight-hour day movement or 40-hour week movement, also known as the short-time movement, was a social movement to regulate the length of a working day, preventing excesses and abuses. It had its origins in the Industrial Revolution in Britain, where industrial production in large factories transformed working life. At that time, the working day could range from 10 to 16 hours, the work week was typically six days a week and the use of child labour was common. Robert Owen had raised the demand for a ten-hour day in 1810, and instituted it in his socialist enterprise at New Lanark. By 1817 he had formulated the goal of the eight-hour day and coined the slogan: “Eight hours’ labour, Eight hours’ recreation, Eight hours’ rest”. Women and children in England were granted the ten-hour day in 1847. French workers won the 12-hour day after the February Revolution of 1848. A shorter working day and improved working conditions were part of the general protests and agitation for Chartist reforms and the early organisation of trade unions.
Karl Marx saw it as of vital importance to the workers’ health, writing in Das Kapital (1867): “By extending the working day, therefore, capitalist production…not only produces a deterioration of human labour power by robbing it of its normal moral and physical conditions of development and activity, but also produces the premature exhaustion and death of this labour power itself.”
Although there were initial successes in achieving an eight-hour day in New Zealand and by the Australian labour movement for skilled workers in the 1840s and 1850s, most employed people had to wait to the early and mid twentieth century for the condition to be widely achieved through the industrialised world through legislative action.
The first country to adopt eight-hour working day nationwide was Uruguay. The eight-hour day was introduced on November 17, 1915, in the government of José Batlle y Ordóñez. Nevertheless the law was not effective on all type of works.
Spain became on April 3, 1919 the first country in the world to introduce an universal law effective on all type of works, restricting the workday to a maximum of eight hours. The “Real decreto de 3 de abril de 1919” was signed by the prime minister, Álvaro de Figueroa, 1st Count of Romanones.
The first international treaty to mention it was the Treaty of Versailles in the annex of its thirteenth part establishing the International Labour Office, now the International Labour Organization.
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