The central ideological support for the work ethic is that remuneration be tied to suffering. Everywhere one looks, there is a drive to make people suffer before they can receive a reward. The epithets thrown at homeless beggars, the demonization of those on the dole, the labyrinthine system of bureaucracy set up to receive benefits, the unpaid 'job experience' imposed upon the unemployed, the sadistic penalisation of those who are seen as getting something for free — all reveal the truth that for our societies, remuneration requires work and suffering. Whether for a religious or secular goal, suffering is throught to constitute a necessary rite of passage. People must endure through work before they can receive wages, they must prove their worthiness before the eyes of capital. ... Work, and the suffering that accompanies it, should not be glorified.
From Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams.