Governments who tell their public sector workers to toil longer and for less money are first going to have to make sure the jobs exist.
People working longer for less is what creates those very jobs. For working longer for less is a synonym for charging less for that labour: and yes, econ 101 supply and demand really does work. Lower the price of something and unless it\’s a Giffen Good (most rare, so far only spotted in the wild as wheat noodles in Northern China and rice in Southern China) then demand for it will rise.
And no, this isn\’t some bone of contention between the various schools of economists. Everyone, Keynesian, classical, neo-classical, new classical, New Keynesian and no doubt the school of Tom Cobbleigh all agree: this is what happens. The disagreement is about how quickly this happens: and further, whether there is anything we can do to make it happen more quickly.