Digitalisation and increased automation bring many challenges for workers, including in the public services. That is why ver.di has been organising a series of conferences to consider the positive and negative aspects of the new technological revolution recognising that the technological progress is rapid.
Getting to grips with digitalisation
Digitalisation has the potential to positively transform public services and the jobs of public service workers. Quicker and easier access to services and increased participation of citizens can be combined with better quality jobs as repetitive work is replaced with more fulfilling tasks. However, trade unions must be involved in the transformation process not just to ensure that workers have their fare share of the benefits of digitalisation but also to deal with the potential downside. This briefing, produced for EPSU's 2019 Congress, highlights some of the work done on this issue in recent years and sets out the current priorities.
Social partners in Local Government declare "Wealth gains of digitalization have to be distributed fairly among all citizens"
(11 December 2015 - Joint Press Release EPSU-CEMR) While digitalisation can foster more jobs, well-being and improve the lives of many citizens, it impacts directly the local and regional governments
(16 February 2016) EPSU has responded to the European Commission’s official public consultation regarding the next European-eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020. EPSU firmly believes that the development of digital public services
‘Public services can be a driver of employment and inclusion when it comes to digital skills’ EPSU and social partners meet Commissioner Oettinger
EPSU General Secretary, Jan Willem Goudriaan, today participated in a roundtable between trade unions and employers, and Commissioner Oettinger, responsible for digital policy at the European Commission.
Local Government Sector: European Pillar of Social Rights, Digitalisation and Finnish Health Care Reform
At their meetings on 19th and 20th of September 2016, the EPSU local government unions discussed the way forward on the European Pillar of Social Rights. Esther Lynch, ETUC Confederal Secretary presented the plans and next steps on ETUC’s strategy on the European Pillar of Social Rights.
(October 2016) The ver.di services union argues that workers and works councils need to have a say in any planned digitalisation of public services. The messages comes after the publication by the interior ministry of an assessment of a project on e-government. Ver.di contacted eight of the local authorities that had been part of the project and found that works councils, workers and their unions had not had any role in the process. The union also called for investment in training for public sector staff as part of process to avoid outsourcing.