Labour’s Future of Work conference, which kicks off on Wednesday, brings together some of the world’s most progressive thinkers to look at how best New Zealand can respond to the rapidly changing nature of work.
They include renowned economist Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California and Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration; Guy Standing, author of The Precariat, a term used to define the growing share of the population with little work security; Jan Owen, CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and a pioneer of the youth sector in Australia; and Goran Roos, an expert in industry policy and technology based business development.
“The real issue isn't capitalism versus some other 'ism.' The real issue is whether capitalism is organized for the benefit of the society as a whole or for the benefit of a small group at the top. That's really what we ought to be debating.”- Robert Reich
“The third and potentially most progressive group consists largely of educated people who feel denied a future, a sense that they can build their lives and careers, after being promised their qualifications would lead to that. This is becoming a source of immense stress.
- Guy Standing
"We need to help our young people gain the confidence to back themselves and provide the investment and support to unleash their creativity and potential. From there the opportunities are boundless.”
- Jill Owen
“Workplaces have a key role in driving innovation and productivity growth, and new measures are required to build management capability and to engage employees in strategic decisions and their implementation.”
- Goran Roos
More on the Future of Work Conference — Towards a shared prosperity, can be found here.