Media review

Media commentaries: co-determination and work 4.0

Please find below a selection of media commentaries on co-determination and employment relationships 4.0.

29 June 2017

All power to the digital workers

Chief HR officers and scientists gather at the German Chancellery today to campaign for their vision of the future world of work. They demand the introduction of experimental clauses on working time, which is bound to cause trouble with trade unions.

27 September 2016


Digitalisation affects family life and health

According to a recent study, digitalisation and the fact of being reachable around the clock is putting employees’ health and harmonious family lives at risk. At the same time, new workplace technologies are also appreciated by many – especially by younger generations.

14 March 2016

Work 4.0 creates top earners

There is plenty of discussion about how robots and artificial intelligence are affecting the low-wage sector. However, there may be significant changes at the opposite end of the pay scale, too.

01 May 2016

Digitalisation as a natural phenomenon

We are on our way to a “diconomy”, and there is no turning back. But is it also compatible with social justice? Only if society is prepared for the change. Find out more in this guest article.

04 November 2016

Digitalisation increases stress at the workplace

According to a survey conducted by the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), digitalisation does not necessarily improve working conditions.

07 June 2016

Are reforms possible without social cuts?

The German labour market is in dire need of further reforms that will benefit not only employers but also the employees.

16 March 2016

The web means more freedom for employees – and less security

More pressure, less security: a new study reveals employees’ fears that the world of work will get tougher. Nevertheless, many of them are optimistic about the future.

Medienforum: Mitbestimmung & Arbeit 4.0 2
29 November 2016

“This is also about social innovation”

What will the future of work look like? With her white paper on work 4.0 (“Arbeiten 4.0”), Federal Minister of Labour Andrea Nahles (SPD) has provided some prompts for thought. According to Ulrich Weinberg, professor at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, networking and team work are becoming more and more important.

29 November 2016

“The relationship between man and machine is not devoid of emotion”

A world of work where the digital revolution has become normal – what does it look like? A conversation with Constanze Kurz, data security expert, media spokeswoman of the Chaos Computer Club, and author of the FAZ column “Aus dem Maschinenraum” (From the machine room).

Medienforum: Mitbestimmung & Arbeit 4.0
18 March 2016

How digitalisation is changing our everyday work

“Work 4.0” describes the future of work in light of the ongoing digitalisation of many areas of life. What sounds simple is in fact highly complicated: behind the term “work 4.0”, there is a plethora of yet unanswered questions related to labour law, impacting employers, managers, and employees.