Digitalization and automation in the manufacturing sector are among the most important challenges for the social partners representing companies and workers. Trade unions and employers’ associations are facing today a difficult and rapid transition (due to Internet of Things, Big Data, Collaborative Robotics, 3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence) which must be governed so that it does not generate the loss of millions of jobs, as several studies have predicted.
The objective of the parties must be to reconcile the protection of work with that of greater competitiveness and productivity for companies. This is why new skills, training and work organization are as fundamental as urgent aspects to deal with. Yet these are elements that cannot be achieved unilaterally by any of the parties involved.
While in Porto the Websummit 2019 starts, one of the three national workshops of the SoDiMa project starts in Madrid seeking that multilateral input. As a starting point for discussions, the literature review that is presented in Madrid plays a major role.