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De Standaard - Belgium | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Work must continue to be worthwhile

International Workers' Day will be celebrated for the 125th time in Belgium on Friday. The value of work will change in the future, the liberal daily De Standaard comments, warning: "On the one hand the ageing of the workforce will soon result in a shortage of manpower for the first time in many years. ... At the same time, technological developments have made many middle-class jobs superfluous. That too can destabilise a society. If labour no longer plays a central role in the creation and equitable distribution of wealth, we need new systems to maintain social cohesion and counteract inequality. A society in which the energy you put into something is no longer worth the effort won't survive for long. But a society in which wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few will slip into anarchy and violence."

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