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Transatlantic Social Dialogue - Transformation of manufacturing – can it work for the benefit of the workers?

Monday, October 19, 2020 at 10:00am

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The webinar edition of the 18th Transatlantic Social Dialogue (TSD) replaces three days of in-person meetings in Spring Hill, Tennessee organized in collaboration with the Worker InstituteIG Metallthe Hans Boeckler Foundation (HBS), and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).

October 19, 2020 (Monday), 4:00 pm ET (10:00 am CET)
"Transformation of manufacturing – can it work for the benefit of the workers?"

Work in manufacturing is changing more rapidly than ever before due to technological innovation, digitization, artificial intelligence, globalization, and aging populations. These changes are accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, creating both chances and risks for workers. The task of trade unions is to improve working conditions in terms of job security and income level as well as diversified work content. To shape these changes, trade unionists must be made aware of the ongoing transformation, of their rights and possibilities and get the necessary qualification. This session will examine the transformation we how IG Metall in Germany is preparing works councilors for these changes and the bargaining agenda of the UAW in the US.


  • Jochen Schroth, IG Metall, Head of Division Global Trade Union Policy
  • Manfred Wannöffel, University of Bochum, joint cooperation between University of Bochum and IG Metall, Learning Factory
  • Jeffrey Dokho, Director, UAW Research Dept.

Moderator: Gabriele Ibrom, IG Metall, Division Global Trade Union Policy

Registration will open on October 1st. Please email Claire Concepcion at to be added to the TSD email listserv.

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