40 years ago, On 7 June 1968, women sewing machinists at Ford Motor Company Limited's Dagenham plant in London walked out when, as part of a regrading exercise, they were informed that their jobs were graded in Category B (less skilled production jobs), instead of Category C (more skilled production jobs), and that they would be paid 15% less than the full B rate received by men. Same happened in 1811 when weaver workers attacked shops in villages in Nothinghamshire and in the suburb of Nottingham city, and event known as the grievances of the luddites. In both cases innovations introduced undermined the skilled workers operating on the factories. It has happened and it will happened again. In those days the humans outperformed machines. However, with the advent of the Industry 4.0 it is not clear that humans will continue outperforming machines in many jobs. This is an open questions to reflect upon
What we learn
Ecosystem strategy plays a leading role on the approach to resource allocation. In 1968 Trade unions in England had the bargaining power of massive strikes. Fast forward the film until 1:37 hour and listen to the conversation between the representatives of Ford and the UK´s government. Ford challenged the UK´s government to leave England unless things turned into Ford´s favour. Trade unions and labour systems have always been a critical pillar on every business ecosystem. Will this leading pillar continue to play its leading role within the decades to come?
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