Digitalisation is a relatively large feat, and the implementation of artificial intelligence in the workplace is even greater. That is why the main goal of this project is to increase the knowledge and skills of workers’ representatives regarding information management, consultation process and involvement of employees in the field of working with AI (artificial intelligence) and creating a strategy and its implementation in companies.

The kick-off meeting was held on 05.05.2021, where the project partners introduced us to the situation in their countries and the challenges they face, especially in the period of the coronavirus pandemic.
The meeting was moderated by the main expert of the project, Mr. Lazar Jovevski.
Project partners come from trade unions, as representatives of workers, but also from employers’ organizations.
The meeting was started by the representative of the Metalworkers’ Union of Croatia, which is the holder of the project, with initial and introductory indications of the idea and the need for the project and the cooperation between the partners.

During the meeting, an introduction and presentation was made between the project partners, while the moderator and main expert of the project presented in detail the project, phases and manner of implementation of activities, as well as explanation of the tasks. Then an analytical debate was opened to discuss the challenges, facing relevant actors in terms of digitalisation and artificial intelligence. The partners shared their experiences, where it was found that certain countries have much harder time dealing with all of this.
It was pointed out that the problem is not always due to lack of funds, but due to the existence of resistance by workers and employers to change. In that context it was pointed the need to better support the worker involvement in the anticipation and management of change in the event of various forms of restructuring as a result of AI and other new and emerging technologies, and to educate, familiarize and prepare social partners (trade unions and employers) of the emerging technology in order for them to have better understating in the new forms of work.
At the meeting it was also pointed out, that the partners will prepare a national analysis which will be based on an online survey / questionnaire of several questions that will be prepared by the main expert and on the basis of those questionnaires data will be collected on national analysis.
In the interest of quality, the potential representative number of respondents to be included was discussed, as some countries shared their concerns that they did not have sufficient capacity to conduct a survey of a larger number of respondents, and it was concluded that fewer respondents were more effective solution.

Based on the national analysis, and those analysis / reports should show the real picture of the countries, because it is important to know what the industry is facing in terms of technological progress, the main expert will prepare a comparative analysis that should not exceed 10 pages.

The meeting ended at the scheduled time with the announcement of the next meeting and activities.