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Labor Reform in Domino Game Lockdown

By on September 17, 2021

Possibly the earliest defining moment to the global employment situation today, are the historic struggles for labor rights caused by the Industrial Revolution that began in Great Britain during the second half of the 18th century and that spread across the world through the mid-19th century. The change in industrial paradigms and in the way of doing business exacerbated the labor-management relations of the time, forcing the working class to fight for better conditions. Sound familiar?

As is the case with the great changes that have occurred and linked to technological advances, such as the need for a migration from the use of fossil fuels to new alternatives, the Industrial Revolution propelled mankind’s greatest set of economic, technological and social transformations to date. However, at present, the climate change factor seems to be worsening the matter, creating even more obstacles and having repercussions that have not been recorded in recent history.

In Puerto Rico, the debate that began in 2017 with the approval of Act 4 of that year, also known as the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act, or Labor Reform, remains in the public arena more than four years after it was passed, but now as a new labor reform bill that promises to reverse the changes of Act 4. It is being considered by the commonwealth’s Legislative Assembly and clearly seems to be endorsed by the administration of Gov. Pedro Pierluisi. Added to the local problems, the global developments associated with the climate crisis have made themselves felt in a pandemic-mired Puerto Rico, including in the job market.

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