Li Andersson, the chairperson of the Left Alliance, believes the significance of trade union membership will increase as a result of mega-trends shaping the nature of the working life.
“If there was no trade union movement, this would be the time to invent it,” she stated in a speech to her party comrades, thus rejecting the views of Bengt Holmström, the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
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Holmström has predicted that the age of trade unions is about to be over. He estimated last week that changes in the nature of employment will result in a decline in trade union membership and, therefore, in the inevitable disintegration of trade unions.
“The age of trade unions is over in the sense that their societal power will decrease and their nature and role change,” he told Talouselämä on Friday.
Andersson acknowledged that the changing nature of traditional occupations and the working life in general will also have an impact on the position and responsibilities of trade unions.
“Having a high rate of organisation and strong trade union movement is not self-evident, but the trade union movement has to demonstrate that it can keep step with social changes and understand the problems created by the fragmentation of employment and the working life,” she said.
The trade union movement, she added, must do more to demonstrate that it is more than it is commonly perceived to be.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi