This week’s fun fact from our local paper: of the 242 working days last year, there were merely 50 where there wasn’t at least one municipal department on strike.
There is a local quip which goes “What does a United-Statesian do when he’s made a million? Starts making the next million. What does an Argentinean do when he’s made a million? Stops work until he’s run out of money.”
Your perspective on these phenomena will vary according to context, e.g. depending on whether you are in the USA preparing a seminar on work/life balance, or whether you are in Argentina trying to track down a competent plumber willing to put in a decent day’s work.