Great comment on HN:

> As a thought experiment, what if companies are made to pay for commute time? How would that change the labour market? Would they hire local? Provide better transportation? Work with cities to reduce congestion? Encourage more remote work? Decide it's too expensive to hire workers and cut hours? Work towards more inclusive housing?


@cadadr Cynical me:

Or force workers to live on "campus". Hackernews obviously thinks about "knowledge-workders" when crafting such a comment.

But what about factory-workers? Farm-labour? When the workers have little or no rights, they'll be forced to do whatever saves the employers' most; if that means being forced to sleep in barracks: that's what will happen.

@berkes yeah that's a possibility. Good policy would help with that.

Having one's little roof over their head tied to their job is dangerous. I recall hearing bad stories regarding worker's visas in US, for example, where people can't change jobs bc they'd be repatriated. Not exactly the same thing, but still.

A partial welfare state sucks bc you get some benefits but they're denied to most as companies walk around the law. It needs to be a comprehensive *package* of improvements.

@cadadr This happens in EU with seasonal/agri workers too. Where e.g. Polish or Romanian workers in the Netherlands cannot quit their jobs because it leaves them homeless.

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