LABOR: Four Paychecks a Year

Scandinavia is a hub of social and economic experimentation. Years before Women's Lib got going in the U.S., the Swedes created the hemmaman, a housebound husband who sent his wife off to work. Last year the Swedes also changed much of their auto industry by replacing sections of the assembly line with group assembly techniques (TIME, Jan. 17). Now R. BØg JØrgensen's Maskinfabrik, a Danish company that is Scandinavia's largest maker of food canning and freezing equipment, is pioneering an alternative to the weekly or monthly paycheck for employees.

Through 1970, the company paid its 180 employees monthly by check....

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