Trade unions in light of civilizational changes: Opportunities, challenges, dangers


Abstract

The scientific and technological revolution, as well as rapid acceleration in business processes on a global scale, affect labour and capital in an asymmetrical manner. Capital is inherently more f lexible than human beings, who, in addition to economic constraints, live in a network of social relations. The position of the working class is additionally weakened by process automation, replacing workers by increasingly intelligent robots. The authors’ intention is to sketch a sequence of cause and effect of these processes: describe the basic aspects of the transformation of the labour market, their impact on trade unions, and outline the future outlook for the trade union movement.


Keywords

industrial relations; trade unions; technological change; labour market


Published : 2017-06-09


Kryszczuk, M. D., & Wentzel, M. (2017). Trade unions in light of civilizational changes: Opportunities, challenges, dangers. Public Governance / Zarządzanie Publiczne, (41(3), 19-34. https://doi.org/10.15678/ZP.2017.41.3.02

Maciej D. Kryszczuk 
independent researcher  Poland
Michał Wentzel 
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences SWPS University  Poland

ul. Chodakowska 19/31
03-815 Warszawa



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