Inclusive Skills

It is estimated that the digital economy will lead to whole new skills requirements and a constant need to update skills. Some experts predict that skills will become obsolete after just 2 years, as technology rapidly develops.

However, in an already fragmented labour market with a growing number of (bogus) self-employed and tougher competition, many companies cannot, or are not, investing in the necessary further training and education of their staff.

Evidence already today shows that employees in the large companies receive far more training possibilities than those in SMEs. This inequality will grow as the number of self-employed and contracted workers rise.

UNI therefore demands that workers of all kinds, in all types of work, must have a right to training and the means to do so.

To make this possible, national education and training funds must be established into which all companies including platforms and cloud businesses contribute vis taxes. The funds should be governed by the social partners together with the State. Workers of all kinds can then seek funding for lost income and education fees from this fund.