The world of work - the heart of our lives and the centre of our Labour identity - is getting ever more complex and uncertain. Complex, because new automated technologies are fusing with the internet and creating models of work and jobs we haven’t seen before. Uncertain, because technologies are developing at such a pace and we haven't stopped to examine the implications.
Daily we hear stories of machines and systems that can do things we thought only humans could do: driving cars, drafting contracts, even composing music.
It’s been called the ‘The New Technological Revolution’. A new era of rapid technology-driven change which is transforming our world every day. Although it will create wealth and opportunity, it's bringing disruption and hardship too. The problems of inequality and job insecurity aren’t new, but the solutions will need to be.
The Future of Work Commission will connect different disciplines and sectors to consider emerging work trends. We will seek evidence across the country and work with businesses, trade unions and universities to generate new research.
Our goal is to understand the implications of new technology on work and make achievable recommendations about the most pressing challenges and opportunities of the future.
The goal of the commission is to make a set of achievable policy recommendations, which will be delivered in a report in September 2017.
The first step of the Commission will involve research and analysis of existing materials on the introduction, and implications of new technologies on all types of work. At different stages, we will be inviting contributions from the public and stakeholder trade unions, academic institutions, think-tanks and other groups. We will use different methods to generate evidence including a call for evidence, public hearings, focus groups and an open conference and discussion led by Michael Sandel.
Together, we will be considering questions such as:
- What new trends are emerging in the introduction of new technologies at work? What challenges and opportunities do these present?
- To what extent have traditional concepts in employment law been outgrown by new models of work, and what can we do about it? How can existing rights for working people be adapted and improved?
- What is the significance of learning and innovation in the new technological revolution? What roles should government, business, trade unions and academic institutions play?
- What role does work play for people and society, beyond the provision of income and production of goods and services?
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