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Reform MP: Future of work becoming one of Europe's biggest challenges

Kalle Palling (Reform).
Kalle Palling (Reform). Source: (Liis Treimann/Postimees/Scanpix)

One of the biggest future challenges facing Europe will be the future of work, Kalle Palling, a member of the Reform Party parliamentary group, said on Tuesday.

"I believe that one of the biggest challenges for the next few years will be the future of work and what the relationship between technology and people will be like, as well as what our working relations will be like," said Palling, who spoke on behalf of the Reform parliamentary group at an overview of the government's EU policy activity at the Riigikogu on Tuesday.

"Let us acknowledge that it is high time for changes, as our current normality in the relations between employer and employee originates from a time after the industrial revolution and has remained virtually unchanged for decades," said the MP, adding that he has said on several occasions from the rostrum of the Riigikogu that the state cannot blame technology for developing too quickly, only itself for adopting it too slowly.

"I am glad that the Foresight Center launched by the Riigikogu last year has taken the analysis of future work relations as one of its topics to be analyzed," Palling said. "Yes, a large number of current traditional jobs will disappear. But thanks to the development of technology, its extensive implementation and new solutions, new possibilities will be created instead."

According to the Reform MP, the McKinsey report introduced in Tallinn last week highlights well the opportunities and primary activities that should be focused on from now on.

"From there, we do not find the need for a posted orkers directive, basic income or larger social benefits; instead we need the rapid implementation of technology, retraining of people and an education system supporting development," Palling said. "This especially considering Estonia's ambition to build a global digital state along with a community of e-residents."

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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