A hardhitting expose of the overwork culture and modern management techniques which seduce millions of people to hand over the best part of their lives to their employer.The British now work the longest hours in Europe. British workers are also under more pressure: 'job intensification' affects every shopfloor, office, classroom and hospital, as a cult of efficiency has driven a missionary magnetism of fighter deadlines and more exacting targets in the most exploitative and manipulative work culture developed since the industrial revolution.What do we get in return for this hard work? Stagnant wages, job insecurity, stress, exhaustion; the British workforce has not been so powerless for over a century. In the last decade, inequality has grown more sharply in Britain than at any time since the Edwardian era; the fat cats' pay is now 25 times that of the average worker.Willing Slaves exposes the paradox that, though we're all being exploited, it's work that has come to give our lives meaning: religion, political causes, family life have become secondary. This book reveals how this astonishing fraud has been perpetrated, how millions of workers know they face burnout but believe 'there is no alternative'. Bunting tells us what we have to do to take our lives back -- and what will happen if we don't.
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Madeleine Bunting is a leading columnist and feature-writer for the Guardian. She has also been its religious affairs correspondent. Her only previous book was The Model Occupation: The Channel Islands under German Rule, 1940-45, published by HarperCollins in 1995 (paperback 1996).Review:
`Brilliantly thorough and thoroughly brilliant attack on the contemporary work ethic.' Guardian`Excellent.' Suzanne Moore, Mail on Sunday`Highly readable and informative. ' TLS
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Book Description Harper Collins, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007163711
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0007163711