Spring '22

Four Day Week

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Spring '22

AI Artpack:
Summer of Solidarity

AI Artpack:
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The Brief

The first LPGD artpack designed by robots.

To celebrate the strength and determination of working people - we're inviting you to submit to our next artpack in the form of an artificial intelligence (AI) prompt; we'll feed it through Dall-E 2 and collate the designs into our next pack.

Inspired by the wave of trade union action sweeping across the country; we're bringing the iRobot clock a few years forward and opening submissions for a special-edition artpack where robots can play their part in the downfall of global capitalism. 

With this artpack, alongside our 'Join A Union' artpack, we want to pay tribute to the work of trade union members and organisers here at home, and overseas.

To submit: email your prompt to hello[at]labourdesign.co.uk

For advice on writing the best AI prompts; check out this helpful guide.

Deadline: Thursday 4th August

If you're looking to flex your creative muscles a little harder, traditional submissions for our upcoming artpack 'Creative Work is Work' are still open, with the full brief below

Foreword

Zarah Sultana, Member of Parliament for Coventry South

There’s a slogan on the left: “You don’t hate Mondays. You hate capitalism.”It diagnoses how millions of people feel about their jobs: After the brief freedom of the weekend, the drudgery of work reasserts itself; workers once again count down the hours until Friday evening.

There’s no doubt this sentiment is felt in part due to the nature of many jobs: unstimulating, unrewarding and often under-paid.

But it’s also about the amount of work: British workers do longer hours than workers in the vast majority of European countries. This doesn’t make us richer or more productive, it just makes us tired, stressed, and it gives us less time to do the things we love.

That’s why as well as using technology’s power to eliminate unnecessary and burdensome jobs, and in addition to demanding better pay and working conditions, we should demand a shorter working week: A 4-day week – or as I prefer to call it, a 3-day weekend – with no loss of pay.

Studies show this would improve workers’ productivity, reduce carbon emissions, and lead to better mental and physical health. But most fundamentally, it would give workers more freedom: Time to pursue their interests and passions, liberated from the constraints of the working week. (It’s no coincidence that the opposite of “work-time” is “free-time”.)

It would also solve a contradiction in the economy: Where overwork exists side-by-side with un-(and under-)employment. A 4-day week would help to fix both of these social ills, with the overworked working less and the under-employed working more.

This demand is sometimes ridiculed as unrealistic or utopian, as if the 5-day working week were a natural, innate feature of human nature, fixed and unchangeable. This is ludicrous: The 2-day weekend exists only because trade unions demanded workers have some – albeit limited – time to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

So whilst it might be the case that Monday mornings will never be the high point of the week, alongside better pay and more stimulating jobs, we should also campaign for this: Less work and more fun with the 4-day week.

Posters

Creative Work is Work

In collaboration with: the Musicians Union

Deadline

August 20th 2022

The brief

Specs

Artwork should be A2 (420x594mm), 300DPI, supplied as .pdf or .jpeg,<20mb. Please email your submission to hello@labourdesign.co.uk.

Information to include with your artwork:
Your Name | Relevant Social Media Handles | Your Website | Your Town/City (optional)

Artwork submitted for art packs is generally available for A4 download via our Google Drive for supporters to print at home. If you'd rather your design not be included in this online repository, please let us know. All rights are retained by the original artist.

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Extra special content

To coincide with the release of our latest art pack and the We Demand Better march on June 18th, cartoonist Jamie-Max Caldwell has created this excellent guide on how to make your very own placard.

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