Unions facing up new technological challenges:

Background analysis

Colective Bargaining in a “fractured” world

Trade unions have been protecting workers’ rights for almost two centuries. It is thanks to collective bargaining, to the organization of workers and their forceful measures, that millions of people currently enjoy the right to demand wage increases, access to health services or improve working conditions. But unions in developed countries operate today in a “fractured” world. The growing heterogeneity in labor relations between countries -as well as within them-, the decrease in union membership and the weakening of collective bargaining have compromised the dimension of labor relations within the framework of the European Social Model.

Key features of national social dialogue: a social dialogue resource book

Organizing on-demand: Representation, voice, and collective bargaining in the gig economy

Social Dialogue and Economic Performance. What matters for business - A review

Social Dialogue. Finding a common voice

Risk Assessment at the Workplace

Challenges in Modelling Social Conflicts: Grappling with Polysemy

The Future of Work: between utopia and dystopia

The incorporation of new technologies in the workplace and the emergence of new jobs within production sectors based on disruptive technologies have had a double impact to the detriment of workers’ rights. In addition to having “dismantled” the traditional mechanisms of collective bargaining, they appear to reduce both employment rates and their quality. In this sense, the idea of robots replacing the human work force has been feeding relatively distant utopias and dystopia for decades.

Labor Market Institutions and the Future of Work: Good Jobs for All?

The future of employment: how susceptible are jobs to computerization?

Inception Report for the Global Commission on the Future of Work

Shaping the world of work in the digital economy

New and emerging risks in occupational safety and health

A review on the Future of Work: online labour exchanges, or “crowdsourcing”: implications for occupational safety and health.

The future of jobs report 2018

Automation in times of Artificial Inteligence (AI)

The replacement of human labour input by machine input for tasks within production and distribution processes by machine automation methods predates even the Industrial Revolution. But, today the use of digital technologies -mainly Artificial Intelligence (AI)- allows the algorithmic control of machinery and, as a result, the kinds of tasks that can be automated have been increased and new forms of worker/machine interaction have been emerged.

Why Are There Still So Many Jobs? The History and Future of Workplace Automation

Automation is here to stay… but what about your workforce? Preparing your organization for the new worker ecosystem

Automation, digitalisation and platforms: Implications for work and employment

Jobs lost, jobs gained: workforce transitions in a time of automation

Automation, skills use and training

Digitalization of the Economy

The digitalization of the economy and the marriage between Big Data and robotisation in particular, will herald a new economy. Digitalization means that new sectors, products and services will be created and bring severe disruption to a number of  work areas. The literature review pointed out that its specific impact on labour markets can be broken down into four headings: job creation, job change, job destruction and job shift; throughout the emergence of new digital management.

Digitalisation of the economy and its impact on labour markets

The impact of digitalization on job quality in European public services. The case of homecare and employment service workers

Shaping Industrial Relations in a Digitalising Services Industry - Challenges and Opportunities for Social Partners

Impact of digitalization and the on-demand economy on labour markets and the consequences for employment and industrial relations

Algorithmic Management in the Workplace

Digitalisation, between disruption and evolution

Work in the digital economy: sorting the old from the new

Platformisation and Gig Economy

Platformisation may facilitate the breakdown and subcontracting of an increasing number of tasks, even in traditional production processes, which in turn can disrupt union solidarity and result in less favorable conditions of employment for workers in terms of stability, income and working hours. This is the case of many technological innovative services whose contribution is based on the elimination of intermediaries and the ‘collaboration’ between equals.

The platform economy and the disruption of the employment relationship

Work in the Platform Economy: Beyond Lower Transaction Costs

Protecting Workers in the Online Platform Economy: An overview of regulatory and policy developments in the EU

Decent Work and the Digital Gig Economy: A Developing Country Perspective on Employment Impacts and Standards in Online Outsourcing, Crowdwork, etc

The Platform Economy and Industrial Relations. Applying the old framework to the new reality

Platform Cooperativism. Challenging the Corporate Sharing Economy

The Social Protection of Workers in the Platform Economy

Will trade unions survive in the platform economy?

This project is leaded by Eticas Foundation, in collaboration to CCOO and ETUI, with the support of COTEC.


Este proyecto ha recibido financiación del Programa de Innovación Abierta (PIA) de la Fundación Cotec en la convocatoria 2017.
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