Det er over 2000 deltakere fra 113 land og organisasjonen som deltar på verdenskongressen i Liverpool. 19. juni valgte de Christy Hoffman til ny generalsekretær etter Philip Jennings som har ledet organisasjonen i 20 år.
NITO-president Trond Markussen talte på verdenskongressen. Her er hva han sa:
As a highly developed country, Norway is among the first to be exposed to the disruptive impact of new technology on the labor market.
There is no doubt that work will change the coming years, due to artificial intelligence, algorithms, robots, bigdata and digitalization.
The OECD estimates that one in two jobs are likely to be significantly affected by automation, and the consequences for millions of people will be dramatic.
Introducing new technology
In Norway, we already notice these changes. According to Skills Norway, half of all Norwegian enterprises have introduced new technology the past two years.
At the same time, more than one of three NITO members report that their job tasks are changing due to new technology.
This development presents both challenges and opportunities, and competence will be the key factor to develop new quality jobs.
As trade unions, we must ensure that technological advances create new quality jobs. In this regard, education and continuous re- and up-skilling of workers will be extremely important.
The future labor market will require everyone to return to the classroom at some stage in their working life.
More than half of our members in the private sector, report that they would like to take more courses or formal education and training. BUT sadly, there is currently a chronic under-investment in people's skills.
Employees are struggling to find the time to participate in skills development schemes. Employers offer them few incentives. Even educational institutions say that their courses are not sufficiently relevant.
All of this will have to change, and all major actors in working life must do their part.
Develop their skills
- Firstly, Employers must take responsibility to develop their workers' skills, and let their employees keep the salaries while taking part in agreed educational activities.
- Secondly, Governments must give companies incentives to provide their employees with skills development opportunities. We need to establish national agreements which include specific rights to education and training, and the funding of it.
Such agreements must apply to the entire labor market, and must be accessible to all workers.
- Thirdly, Educational institutions must offer relevant continuing and further education programs. This means that they must commit themselves to provide courses geared to meet the labor market's new needs.
Worry about future?
To sum up: Due to radical changes in the labor market, many people worry about what the future might bring.
To meet our members common challenges, we must work together across professions, sectors and borders to find the best possible solutions.
We see the challenges, we can find good solutions, and we will "Making It Happen!"