The world is being transformed in ways that will profoundly challenge human society. Trade unions facing these new realities can play an important part in shaping this future. With this in mind a major conference organised by the ETUC and ETUI will bring together globally-renowned experts to debate some of the most pressing issues confronting workers, unions and governments.
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The conference will address several megatrends impacting working life. First, the free movement of capital, services and people is altering the allocation of jobs throughout the European internal market. Second, climate change and the energy transition are making many occupations obsolete, while at the same time creating new ‘green’ jobs in emerging sectors and industries. Third, the demographic transition is changing the structure of the labour force and challenging social security systems. Finally, the digitalisation of the economy is set to disrupt the processes of production, employment and work conditions on an unprecedented scale.
So far, these transitions have been studied and reflected on independently from one another. As a result, conclusions about what the future holds, and the ensuing policy recommendations, vary according to the particular transition in question. What is now needed is for the different projections to be put together and analysed in tandem in order to fully understand the multiple and complex consequences for the world of work. Will all these changes create one new world of work, or many? How can trade unions engage with these developments and what strategies are there to cope with them? What should a new industrial policy look like in the sectors severely affected - such as energy, transport and construction? What skills will be needed and how can trade unions participate to ensure that workers are offered the required training and education?
These are some of the questions the 3rd ETUC/ETUI conference on the future of work will deal with. The overall format - plenaries and smaller panels - has proven very successful and will remain the same. However, added emphasis will be put on enriching the debate and provoking discussion through innovative sessions and greater opportunities for interaction.
If you are interested in attending the conference please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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An application to follow the ETUI conference
You can download the event app today from your mobile device by visiting the iTunes Store or Google Play store and searching for “ETUI conference” or enter this link into your mobile device’s browser: https://etuwow18.quickmobile.mobi/.
If you do not have an iPhone, iPad or Android device, you can use the mobile web version.
Wednesday 27 June 2018
Keynote speech by Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue, European Commission (1 / 2)
Thursday 28 June 2018
Plenary C: Labour market composition and demographic change: can migrants and new technologies offset population ageing?
Plenary E: Digitalisation and the new economy: disrupting production networks while tackling climate change?
Panel 11 - Psychosocial risks: shifting the perspective towards positive values
Panel 12 - The impact of automation on working conditions, health and safety
Panel 13 - Jobs in a clean, future automobile industry
Panel 14 - Youth engagement and the future of work
Plenary G: A New Economic Approach: what are the shortcomings of the current economic model, and how to fix them?
Friday 29 June 2018