Power at work is increasingly embedded in – and exercised through – the way data is collected and then used via algorithm systems. This trend has accelerated since the Covid-19 pandemic. While this shift can – in theory – support the quality of work, at present it seems to mainly facilitate expanding surveillance and control of the workforce.
To change this and ensure a digital transition that is socially sustainable, workers and their representatives need to help shape the digital infrastructure that determines how they carry out their work. The problematic question is: how?
The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), together with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Fondation Jean-Jaurès, the Fundación Pablo Iglesias, and the Fondazione Pietro Nenni, explores possible answers in the policy study “No digitalization without representation. An analysis of policies to empower labour in the digital workplace”.
The study offers a set of recommendations for EU institutions and the Member States, for Data Protection Authorities and trade unions, works councils and shop stewards.
The focus lies on how to fully implement and make better use of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at the workplace. Beyond that, the study pays attention to workers’ collective rights across the EU, as well as the potential of upcoming EU legislation on data governance and algorithmic systems(‘AI’).
'The imperative of Social Union'. Article about FEPS book 'Europe’s Social Integration: Welfare Models and Economic Transformations' by László Andor.
AI, platforms and (human) workers’ rights
by Social Europe 07/07/2023
In Social Europe' article, Gerard Rinse Oosterwijk, FEPS Policy Analyst on Digital, talks about the efforts to regulate AI undertaken by the EU and highlights the importance to grasp this opportunity to set the rules for a human-centric approach
Rapid grocery worker conditions are worsening, states report
by The Grocer 30/05/2023
The findings of our FEPS study on the quick-commerce sector and the conditions of rider workers were picked up by the UK-website 'The Grocer’.
Quick commerce – not turning a fast buck
by Social Europe 15/05/2023
Article on Social Europe by the authors of 'Back to the Dark Ages?' FEPS Policy Study about the quick-commerce workers' rights.
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