On Tuesday and Wednesday 27 and 28 November 2018, the ASO (Association of independent trade unions of the Czech Republic) hosted a roundtable on digitalisation and the labour market. This roundtable was part of the ongoing ESF-project ‘Social partners on the digital fast track’.
The conference on the first day was opened by mr. Bohumír Dufek, president of ASO, who welcomed the participants, introduced the topic of the conference and introduced the different speakers. Following introductory speeches of the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Ms. Jana Malácová and Mr. Jarosav Ungerman (member of the EESC), various Czech academic studies on the relationship between digitalisation and labour market issues were presented.
- Mr. Jakub Fischer (Faculty of Informatics and Statistics, University of Economics, Prague) presented his studies on ‘regulating the impact of technological change on labour demand’ and ‘increasing the digital literacy of employees’;
- Ms. Katerina Duspivová (Trexima) gave insight in the role of the minimum wage in the 4th industrial revolution;
- Ms. Marcela Palísková (Faculty of Business Administration, University of Economics, Prague) presented her study on ‘providing information support in order to increase the motivation of employees to participate in further education’;
- Ms. Markéta Nersrstová (Trexima) discussed how to prevent long-term unemployment and new working positions in the labour market due to technological changes, all in respect to disadvantaged groups of employees;
- Ms. Pavel Bares (Research institute for Labour and Social Affairs) analysed the importance of social dialogue in removing the barriers to the employing persons released from imprisonment in the labour market and increase their employment possibilities;
- Ms. Zuzana Freiborgová (National Training Fund) focussed on the possibilities of raising formal and informal qualifications and skills in older age and the possibilities of systematic information and counselling support.
During the afternoon session, all participating international partners focussed on one specific best practice or policy instrument in future-proofing the labour market, and the specific role social partners have therein.
Mr. Peter Eitner (QFC) and Mr. José Juan Lopez (Comité Econòmic i Social de la Comunitat Valenciana) focussed on best practices within German and Spanish firms with respect to recruitment, training and employee involvement concerning digitalisation. On behalf of CESER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Mr. Michel-Louis Prost explained the national program to support economic and technological transformation MUTECO.
Finally, Mr. Joris Renard (UNIZO) and Mr. Sam Coomans (ACV) started by introducing the recent SERV-activities on digitalisation (see the recent publication SERV policy recommendations and actions on digitalisation) and subsequently explained the new digital service-model 2020 of the Flemish public employment service VDAB.
As a final presentation, Mr. Maurizio Mosca (European Institute for Gender Equality) stressed the importance of the gender aspect in developing digital policy agendas. The day ended with a discussion moderated by Mr. Michel Albertijn (Tempera) and Q&A to the presenters.
On the second day, the delegation visited Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automotive Kolin, a joint- venture of Toyota Motor Corporation and PSA Groupe built in 2002 in the industrial zone of Kolin – Ovčáry. After an introductory presentation on the plant and a visit to the factory, there was extensive time to discuss the companies’ policies with respect to employee involvement, digitalisation efforts, recruitment and training policy.