In 2008, the Alliance of Youth Movements held its inaugural summit in New York City. Attending this summit was a combination of State Department staff, Council on Foreign Relations members, former National Security staff, Department of Homeland Security advisers, and a myriad of representatives from American corporations and mass media organizations including AT&T, Google, Facebook, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and MTV.
One might suspect such a meeting of representatives involved in US economic, domestic and foreign policy, along with the shapers of public opinion in the mass media would be convening to talk about America's future and how to facilitate it. Joining these policy makers, was an army of "grassroots" activists that would "help" this facilitation.
Among them was a then little known group called "April 6" from Egypt. These Facebook "savvy" Egyptians would later meet US International Crisis Group trustee Mohamed ElBaradei at the Cairo airport in Februrary 2010 and spend the next year campaigning and protesting on his behalf in his bid to overthrow the government of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
The Alliance of Youth Movements mission statement claims it is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping grassroots activists to build their capacity and make a greater impact on the world. While this sounds fairly innocuous at first, even perhaps positive, upon examining those involved in "Movements.org," a dark agenda is revealed of such nefarious intent it is almost difficult to believe.
Movement.org is officially partnered with the US Department of State and Columbia Law School. Its corporate sponsors include Google, Pepsi, and the Omnicon Group, all listed as members of the globocrat Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). CBS News is a sponsor and listed on the globocrat Chatham House's corporate membership list. Other sponsors include Facebook, YouTube, Meetup, Howcast, National Geographic, MSNBC, GenNext, and the Edelman public relations firm.
Movement.org's "team" includes Co-Founder Jared Cohen, a CFR member, Director of Google Ideas, and a former State Department planning staff member under both Condoleezza Rice and Hilary Clinton.
Founding Movements.org with Cohen is Jason Liebman of Howcast Media which works with mega-corporate conglomerates like Proctor & Gamble, Kodak, Staples, Ford, and government agencies such as the US State Department and the US Defense Department, to create "custom branded entertainment, innovative social media, and tardeted rich-media campaigns." He was also with Google for 4 years where he worked to partner with Time Warner (CFR), News Corporation (FoxNews, CFR) Viacom, Warner Music, Sony Pictures, Reuters, the New York Times, and the Washington Post Company.
Employees will be used to the expectation that they demonstrate "flexibility" in working beyond their core hours. This requirement is foregrounded in job interviews and reinforced on a daily basis, the term "flexibility" implying that this unpaid tribute is a personality trait rather than a structural facet of today's labour market. Workers are often expected to sign a "working time" opt-out that excludes them from protection under the law from having to work longer than 48 hours a week. The result is that 4 million workers regularly work beyond the 48-hour barrier, while past government research has shown that one in six workers actually workers longer than 60 hours a week. It gets worse. The average person's commute is equivalent to 139 hours per year, approximately four working weeks.
The huge burden of unpaid labour is the fruit of a long-term trend. In 1988, a quarter of male employees worked unpaid overtime. By 1998, it had reached 41%. The rise for female employees is even more dramatic, increasing from 25% to 58%. The difference is in part due to different occupations inhabited by men and women – the TUC points out that public sector workers, who are disproportionately female, are more likely to be performing unpaid overtime.
Moreover, this is one aspect of a general lengthening of the working week that has taken place over the last generation or so. Officially, the statistics show a sharp decrease in the number of people working long hours since 1998. These sorts of statistics have been used by the government to justify continued opt-outs of working time directives, since they argue that the goal of reducing long working hours is being reached in practice. In fact, what the statistics really disclose is the increasing casualisation of work, registering a huge increase in part-time jobs.
The average working week for full-time employees is approximately 42 hours in the UK, above the EU average and certainly well above countries which retain comparatively strong welfare systems such as France or Denmark. The UK tends to be closer to extreme neoliberal economies created in the east of Europe after the collapse of the USSR than to relatively social democratic economies in the west of Europe.