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worker

a sterile female member of a colony of bees, ants, or wasps that forages for food, cares for the larvae, etc.
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worker

[′wər·kər]
(invertebrate zoology)
One of the neuter, usually sterile individuals making up a caste of social insects, such as ants, termites, or bees, which labor for the colony.
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Rediscovery of the workerless inquiline ant Pogonomyrmex colei and additional notes on natural history (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Economic globalization and technological change are irrevocably reshaping the nature of work: we are in the throes of a post-industrial revolution or what some call a post-Fordist revolution as the assembly line gives way to the workerless production pod.
To what extent, and why, will the long-term trend of replacing human action by machine operations -- a trend towards 'the workerless factory' -- take place?
Compare such households with those adults who live singly, with or without children, who are experiencing a precarious labour market; or those in workerless households (the latter, in Australia, now accounting for around one-fifth of the nation's children).
Workerless colonies will adopt new queens, which provides one explanation as to why ants have reinfested treated areas and may be related to how polygyne colonies form.
Does the technology make it possible for managers to achieve their dream of diminishing their reliance on skilled machinists and force the long-sought "workerless factory of the future," or do the subtleties of batch production and market vagaries require a role for skilled workers?
Workerless factories and virtual companies loom on the horizon.
With near workerless factories and virtual companies already looming on the horizon, every nation will have to grapple with the question of what to do with the millions of young people whose labor will be needed less, or not at all, in an ever more automated global economy.