It's not the unions who are "Shaping the Future of Work." Instead, the future of work in developed industrial nations such as Germany and Japan is being shaped by the demographic trends of an aging society.

The future of work is also being shaped by engineers and IT specialists who are working on the production systems of the future, under the headline "Industry 4.0."

But Rolf Wenkel believes Germany's unions will continue to have an important role to play in future nevertheless. His guess is that the trade unions will play a rather conservative role in coming years.

In the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, one new force changed everything. Today our world is undergoing an even more dramatic transition due to the confluence of four fundamental disruptive forces—any of which would rank among the greatest changes the global economy has ever seen. Compared with the Industrial Revolution, we estimate that this change is happening ten times faster and at 300 times the scale, or roughly 3,000 times the impact. Although we all know that these disruptions are happening, most of us fail to comprehend their full magnitude and the second- and third-order effects that will result. Much as waves can amplify one another, these trends are gaining strength, magnitude, and influence as they interact with, coincide with, and feed upon one another. Together, these four fundamental disruptive trends are producing monumental change.

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In een artikel van Nouriel Roubini  (De Tijd 29 april 2015) lezen wat de gevolgen van de derde industriële revolutie zullen zijn op arbeid.

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