EU holds high-level conference to discuss the future of work

15 Apr 2019

The conference “The Future of Work: Today. Tomorrow. For all” hosted by the European Commission brought together the President Jean-Claude Junker, Vice-President Valdis Dombroviskis, Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, Ministers, representatives from EU institutions, national governments, social partners, civil society, and academia to explore how the developments in the world of work could benefit workers, businesses and the economy similarly. The EU proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights to face the rapid transformations enabled by technological and digital developments. Among the discussions, the following highlight aspects emerged from the meeting: a. the EU wants the European social model to be preserved and enhanced despite any technological transformation in the means of work. This will only be possible if the EU set out a roadmap with concrete actions; b. the digital economy needs to be inclusive and workers facing job loss or transitions need support; c. supporting labour market transitions requires adequate investment; and d.  strengthening a global level playing field by intensifying cooperation with other organisations and partner is crucial to promote decent work. ​

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It is frequently mentioned that the Internet is changing the way in which we work. ICTs have blurred the traditional routine of work, free time, and sleep (8+8+8 hours), especially in multinational corporation working environment. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish where work starts and where it ends. These changes in working patterns may require new labour legislation, addressing such issues as working hours, the protection of labour interests, and remuneration.

 

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