The world of work is undergoing an unprecedented period of change and transformation driven by technological advancements as well as external factors. Globalization, demographic trends, technology, and the environment are all having an impact on today’s labor markets and are likely to shape those of the future. Although membership has been on the decline, trade unions are on the front line in efforts to find innovative responses to the myriad challenges of structural change.
Many have spoken out in support of the transition to a green economy, but very few have focused on the development of a “just transition” strategy proposed by global labor unions – which fight for fundamental rights and more just social interactions. How do trade unions respond to global trends and geopolitical developments? Is there a new global labor movement? What is the scope of “just transition” today, and how have labor unions developed and refined it to make the move toward a green economy both environmentally and socially sustainable? Is the road to net zero paved with jobs?
On Tuesday, November 28, the American Council on Germany and 1014 will host a second virtual discussion on the future of work with Thorben Albrecht, Policy Director of IG Metall and former State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and Dr. Annelise Orleck, Professor of History at Dartmouth College.