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This paper addresses the future of labor law from a critical perspective. For these purposes, the question about the future is contextualized from the perspective of the south, thus confirming that labor law has undergone multiple crises since its consolidation in the 20th century. The permanent crisis of this field of law - both in developed and developing countries - makes it possible to properly asses the current situation, on the one hand, and to avoid dramatizing the future of this discipline, on the other. A narrative from the south enables us to see that individual labor law seems to be a key element in any type of capitalism. The global tendency regarding individual labor law is to slightly increase worker protection, unlike other alarmist approaches from Northern countries, who see the crisis of this field of law as a serious -if not terminal- decadence.