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Sławomir Adamczyk
ORCID: 0000-0002-7028-8156
Sławomir Adamczyk, head of the Branch & Consultation Office of the National Commission of NSZZ "Solidarność" Trade Union. A representative of Polish trade union organizations in the EU Social Dialogue Committee and the Collective Bargaining and Wage Coordination Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation. He deals with the practical aspects of relations between labour and capital, in particular — collective bargaining, autonomous social dialogue and
DOI: 10.33226/0032-6186.2021.12.1
JEL: J24, J83, O33

The article addresses the phenomenon of human cyborgization and its potential impact on the situation of the world of work. It was inspired by the centenary of birth of Stanisław Lem, an outstanding Polish author of science fiction literature, but also a visionary of the future. First, brief comments on the definition of cyborgization and its development in various aspects are presented. Then, the authors try to highlight those issues at the interface between cyborgization and the world of work, which will require analysis in the context of labour law, such as theemployee's right to neurological improvements (and also to refuse to apply them) and the ownership of these improvements in the employer-employee relationship. Next, questions are asked whether cyborg work will not be treated as a commodity and whether the current paradigm of the capitalist economy will force the pursuit of cyborgization of the working man. Finally, the issue of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the acceleration of cyborgization processes is raised. The article contains references to the works of s-f dealing with significant problems resulting from the potential artificial "augmenting" of the human.

Keywords: cyborgization; the world of work; new technologies
DOI: 10.33226/0032-6186.2020.4.1
JEL: K31

The spreading COVID-19 pandemic is a serious blow to the global economy, including the relatively stable socio-economic structures of developed capitalism. The paper presents the first reactions of institutions and social partners. The authors point out that the pandemic crisis may lead to the fundamental transformation of the world of work as we know it today. In describing the vision of the world of  work after the pandemic, 4 questions asked in the paper may be helpful, regarding: the future of globalization, changes in the work environment, the need to provide social security in a wider scope, and social changes in assessing the value of jobs.

Keywords: COVID-19; working conditions; social security; globalization
DOI: 10.33226/0032-6186.2019.10.3
JEL: K31

The article attempts to answer the question whether trade unions have been able to use the institution of European Works Councils to strengthen the position of employee representation vis-à-vis multinational corporations. In the author's opinion, problems with building cross-border solidarity of trade unions and their inability to work out joint attitude towards the phenomenon of the transnational company agreements (TCA) make unions’ approach to the role of EWCs increasingly ambivalent. As a result, paradoxically, the management boards of multinationals may  become the main beneficiaries of the existence of the EWCs.

Keywords: trade unions; European Works Councils; multinational corporations

Sławomir Adamczyk, head of the Branch & Consultation Office of the National Commission of NSZZ "Solidarność" Trade Union. A representative of Polish trade union organizations in the EU Social Dialogue Committee and the Collective Bargaining and Wage Coordination Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation. He deals with the practical aspects of relations between labour and capital, in particular — collective bargaining, autonomous social dialogue and transnational dimension of industrial relations. The issues discussed in this article were presented during the 11th edition of the international ADAPT 2021 conference in Bergamo.