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Now it's the middle class's turn to feel the employment earthquake

Now it's the middle class's turn to feel the employment earthquake | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Christina Patterson: The brave new digital world is supposed to set us free. But if work is 'shared', not paid, who pays the bills?
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Interesting insights on the future (or lack of it) of the middle classes. I like her views on "guru" Jeremy Rifkin.

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The great transformation in the global labour market

The great transformation in the global labour market | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The global expansion of higher education allows work traditionally reserved for the West to be done more cheaply and just as well in emerging nations, write Phillip Brown and Hugh Lauder. The result is that the wages and working conditions of western employees no longer set the global benchmark.

 

Brilliant article in Eurozine on the global war for labour which will put even more pressure on Western wages, working conditions and employment. Must-read piece.

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The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy

The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The report argues that the impact of a transition towards a greener economy on labour markets will extend far beyond the creation of new green jobs, such as those related to renewable energy. This transition will create new opportunities for workers, but also new risks. The challenge for labour market and skill policies is to maximise the benefits for workers and help assure a fair sharing of adjustment costs, while also supporting broader green growth policies (e.g. by minimising skill bottlenecks).

 

This new OECD report also looks at the need to re-allocate workers from declining brown industries to growing green ones and demands serious reforms of the tax and benefit systems for workers.

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Rebuilding the dream: jobs for the environment

Rebuilding the dream: jobs for the environment | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"We seem to forget that everything that is good for the environment is a job. Solar panels don’t put themselves up. Wind turbines don’t manufacture themselves. Houses don’t retrofit themselves and put in their own new boilers and furnaces and better-fitting windows and doors. Advanced biofuel crops don’t plant themselves. Community gardens don’t tend themselves. Farmers’ markets don’t run themselves. Every single thing that is good for the environment is actually a job, a contract, or an entrepreneurial opportunity."

 

Excellent analysis on the Climate Progress blog from the new book of the White House's former green jobs advisor Van Jones.

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New Report: Social Justice in the OECD

"The SGI project has released a new study on Social Justice in the OECD. The report offers a comparative assessment of 31 OECD countries with regard to six key dimensions: poverty prevention, equitable access to education, labor market inclusiveness, social cohesion and non-discrimination, health as well as intergenerational justice."

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Robert Skidelsky: Death To Machines?

Robert Skidelsky: Death To Machines? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Professor Robert Skidelsky looks at the dawn of a second machine age and explores the lessons of the Luddites for today's economy.
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Skidelsky's insightful reading of Brynjolfsson and McAfee's Second Machine Age is a plea to re-evaluate the Luddites.

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(There ain’t no) green jobs

(There ain’t no) green jobs | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

That is what the clamoring and pleading for green jobs amounts to : an attempt by parts of the industrial establishment and of the upper middle class to secure their position within the society through overt or covert public subsidies, and an attempt by the same groups to legitimize their resource grabbing operation by promising a lot of people (and nature) will benefit from it.

 

Provocative post by Damien Perrotin but with a lot of valid arguments.

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Unions challenge G20 finance ministers to unleash green jobs investment

Unions challenge G20 finance ministers to unleash green jobs investment | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has called on G20 Finance ministers to drive investment of at least 2% of GDP in the green economy in the wake of independent economic analysis forecasting the potential for green jobs growth.
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The facts are clear: Report finds EU can deliver more jobs in a green budget

The facts are clear: Report finds EU can deliver more jobs in a green budget | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Greening the EU's long-term budget can create more jobs than following the traditional spending paths according to a new report published by an alliance of environmental NGOs.

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Are jobs obsolete?

Are jobs obsolete? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

".. since when is unemployment really a problem? I understand we all want paychecks -- or at least money. We want food, shelter, clothing, and all the things that money buys us. But do we all really want jobs?"

Provocative but interesting article - will the Great Transition redefine "work and employment"?

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