NFS/FES Conference on the Future of Work: Labour, just a click away?

Welcome to the NFS/FES Nordic Countries Conference on the Future of Work

We are in the midst of an ongoing debate on future possibilities and challenges facing our societies in the course of digitalization and globalization, and the preconditions for our future labour relations are still very unclear.

This conference aims at high lighten the challenged role of trade union core elements such as wage bargaining and organizing, but also the way we view the concept of work, and how we secure the competence needed in the future labour market.

Our approach to the challenges will be a dig where we stand inward-looking approach, as the dilemmas of today are similar to those of yesterday’s trade union movement. During the day, we will take a closer look at how digitalization influences each of these areas, and ultimately the core of labour relations. More so, we intend to dig beyond the challenges posed, and seek some answers for the future by considering existing best practices and examples that have been successful in organizing gig economy workers, contributed to lifelong learning and strengthened collective-bargaining.

In short, how do we achieve the goals of Agenda 2030, such as ensuring decent work and secure labour rights in a digitalized future?

We are also happy to introduce you to our conferenciers, Ms. JENNY GRENSMAN from Sveriges Ingenjörer, The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers and Mr. PETER AHRENFELDT SCHRØDER from LO Denmark, The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions. They will lead us throughout the programme and introduce us to interesting speakers to talk about digitalization and the Future of Work.

We welcome your attendance!



Welcome speech by KARL-PETTER THORWALDSSON, Vice President, NFS and president LO Sweden

Part I: Setting the Scene
  • ILO’s Future of Work Initiative. DEBORAH GREENFIELD, Deputy Director-General for Policy, International Labour Organization 
  • EU Digital Agenda. THIÉBAUT WEBER, Confederal Secretary, ETUC 
  • The Nordic-Baltic region: a digital frontrunner. DAGFINN HØYBRÅTEN, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers

Part II: Trade Union Strategies – Breakout sessions

A. Wage formation and the future role of collective bargaining
  • Digital labour markets testing the Nordic models – how do voluntarist models respond to the emerging grey zones? ANNA ILSØE, Associate Professor, FAOS - Employment Relations Research Centre, University of Copenhagen
  • The new digital world of work as a challenge for collective bargaining across Europe. TORSTEN MÜLLER, Senior Researcher, ETUI - European Trade Union Institute

B. Organising workers at workplaces with blurry physical boundaries
  • Online labor platforms in practice: business models and organizing strategies. SIX SILBERMAN, IG Metall Crowdsourcing Project, Germany.
  • A Nordic Approach to Regulating Labour Platforms. FREDRIK SÖDERQVIST, Senior economist at Unionen, Sweden, and PhD Student in Industrial Economics.


Part II: Trade Union Strategies – Breakout sessions

C. Competence: The need for education and lifelong learning in a digital era
  • The dialogue process  ”Work 4.0“ and the significance of continued training for digital transformation. THORBEN ALBRECHT, Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany. 
  • Utilizing the educational system to meet the potential of a digital future. SINE SUNESEN, Managing Director, AC Akademikerne Denmark

D. The impact of digitalisation on the concept of work: New forms of work
  • The future of work: Opportunities and challenges for the Nordic models. JON ERIK DØLVIK, Coordinator of Comparative Labour Research, Fafo
  • The impact of digitalization on working life and labour relations. JOHAN RØED STEENResearcher, Fafo.
  • Digitalization and new forms of work. KRISTIN JESNES. Researcher, Fafo.

Part II: Summary of Breakout sessions


Part III: A New World of Work is taking shape. - The Gothenburg Social Summit: How to adress the challenges connected to digitalization in a European context.

The Future of Work - Challenges and possibilities of digitalization, a Nordic perspective. OLLI KOSKI, Director, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland.

Panel discussion
  • DEBORAH GREENFIELD, Deputy Director-General for Policy, International Labour Organization 
  • THORBEN ALBRECHT, Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany
  • NANNA HØJLUND, Vice-President, The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions

European Pillar of Social Rights, Gothenburg and beyond. RAIMO PÄRSINEN, Member of the Swedish Parliament and Chairman, The Committee on the Labour Market.

Panel discussion
  • THIÉBAUT WEBER, Confederal Secretary, ETUC 
  • ULRIKA LINDSTRAND, President The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers
  • KARL-PETTER THORWALDSSON, Vice President, NFS and president LO Swede

16:45 Closing speach
  • KARL-PETTER THORWALDSSON, Vice President, NFS and president LO Sweden

Practical information

14th November, 2017

Folkungakyrkan Conference and meetings
Folkungagatan 90
Medborgarplatsen Metro station

Before October 6. Registration form bellow (orange button).

We have made a block reservation at Scandic Malmen (Medborgarplatsen Metro station), 13th-14th of November. Rate: 1390/single room and includes eco friendly breakfast. Mark the check box in the registration form below to book.


Deborah Greenfield,
Deputy Director-General,
International Labour Organization.

Thiébaut Weber,
Confederal Secretary,
European Trade Union Confederation.

Dagfinn Høybråten,
Secretary General,
Nordic Council of Ministers.