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Finnish Huawei VP suggests seven day/eighty hour work weeks

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    Adys
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    is there anywhere i can read the full interview? I'm guessing it's in Finnish but even so, in this article, out of 22 paragraphs, only two of them are quotes from the interview that decided the...

    is there anywhere i can read the full interview? I'm guessing it's in Finnish but even so, in this article, out of 22 paragraphs, only two of them are quotes from the interview that decided the title.

    I am starting to really fucking hate internet news media. It takes so much work to figure out whether a headline is sensationalistic.

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      Adys
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      I followed the only link the article gave (I was going to skip it, but decided to put in the work now that I commented). Run through Google translate - sorry, i don't speak Finnish. So, it sounds...

      I followed the only link the article gave (I was going to skip it, but decided to put in the work now that I commented). Run through Google translate - sorry, i don't speak Finnish.

      The views expressed by Huawei's Chief Security Officer Mika Lauhte on Kauppalehti on Friday about, among other things, the seven-day working week have provoked extensive discussion on Friday. Now, Huawei clarifies in its press release that the opinions expressed by Lauhti do not represent the company's opinion, practices or perceptions of the development of a good working life.

      "Mika Lauhte's statements in the interview are his own opinions," Huawei's press release states with reference to Lauhte's statements in an interview published in Kauppalehti today.

      Among other things, the condenser stated in an interview that by moving to a seven-day working week, Finland could close the gap between America and China. According to him, Huawei employees work in Shenzhen, among other places, for an 80-hour work week on a ten-day summer vacation.

      According to the release, Huawei does not propose 80-hour, let alone seven-week, working weeks in Finland or any of its other market areas.

      “Huawei is committed to complying with local working time legislation in Finland and everywhere else in the world where it operates. The well-being and resilience of the company's employees will continue to be paramount. ”

      So, it sounds like in an interview, the guy in question mentioned that Huawei has 80 hour work weeks for factory workers in China (which is insane but is anyone here surprised?).
      It also sounds like he said something along the lines of either suggesting Finland would have to have similar working hours to "close the gap" (guessing he's referring to the lack of manufacturing outside of china?), Or straight up suggesting we should try it. Unclear.

      Anyway, this quote sounds like it's been causing a ruckus in Finland, as it's obviously super controversial especially since we Europeans like our workers rights, unlike some. So it becomes its own topic of discussion. It gets summarized three times over, seeps into an article for the anglophone Finnish community, which spreads through more sharing, and now on Tildes we have the headline: "Finnish Huawei VP suggests 7 day/80 hour work weeks".

      Am i getting warm?

      And the problem with all this is that instead of talking about the abhorrent working hours Huawei has in china, it focuses on the controversial comments of a VP who probably just has his head up his arse.

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      1. mrnd
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        This sounds about correct. The guy, Mika Lauhde, also seems to boast about himself doing the 80 hours weeks and not having had summer holidays at all in the last four years. From any of the...

        This sounds about correct.

        The guy, Mika Lauhde, also seems to boast about himself doing the 80 hours weeks and not having had summer holidays at all in the last four years.

        From any of the articles I have read, it is not clear at all what the gap he speaks about is. All Finnish commenters seem to agree that we have zero reason to want to be more like China.

        Personally, I think this needs to be read in the context of moving the Overton window: The leftist parties have started mentioning the 4-day work week more and more, and it seems to have caused the liberals to counter with "no we need to work more actually". This is just an extreme example of that.

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