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Vocational training reform, unions are tearing each other apart - 09/09/2039

The 3rd meeting on the reform of vocational training took place today in the presence of the Minister.

And the least we can say is that the meeting was hectic! The unions are divided into two very clear camps, those demanding a more ambitious reform and those calling for an end to the reform.

In the midst of these divisions, the Minister found herself somewhat helpless and could only "count the score" between the two sides.

What is the source of this intense discord? Because it’s been a long time since the unions had broken the united front they used to present during professional negotiations.

But these are indeed two visions of the workplace that confront each other. One rather dynamic and turned towards the challenges to come and the other rather very conservative who refuses to see the inevitable changes towards which our country is advancing with great stride.

Because the heart of this reform is to find a way to offer job opportunities in the face of falling hiring opportunities on jobs now called "with limited cognitive implication".

What are we talking about? Quite simply the set of tasks now completely automated for which there is no longer any economic or even social sense to keep in the hands of humans.

Machines are now more efficient on more than 45% of jobs formerly occupied by humans in the 2000s: secretarial, financial management, control, basic production, network management, marketing, accounting, and up to garage owners, gardeners and other surgeons!

Enough to give a hard time to the public service in charge of social integration into the professional market and follows the career development of most of the country's employees. This department being itself managed by an artificial intelligence system.

Faced with this, and the lack of forecast and anticipation of the government and local businesses (despite the many warning signals launched in the 2020s, whether at international level - the numerous studies of MIT in 2019, of the ILO, the World Economic Forum - and locally), unemployment has hit the local market hard.

28% unemployment in 2035! Until the government finally decides to understand the situation and no longer be content with support measures but rather to undertake comprehensive reforms: labor code, social protection schemes, unemployment fund (premise of a universal income? The debate is still raging!)…

The next step was to put in place a dynamic approach to de-train and re-train individuals as well as a better design of the education map.

This is without taking into account the will of certain trade unions (particularly in education) which refuse, according to their statements, to "fall into the trendy fashion of automation" and considers that traditional theoretical training remains a necessary pillar. Others (employee unions) asking companies to support the maintenance of human jobs on tasks with "limited cognitive involvement".

Only a handful of them want to go further and ensure that universal income is finally implemented, that the government provides more tax and administrative facilities to the culture and artistic creation sector, and that partnerships be tied with Universities and international schools to send our students to prepare to develop the jobs of tomorrow.

But in the meantime, as no one can get to a clear solution, the unemployed continue to stall!

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