Future of Work Task Force

Eng.Haitham Felemban

Eng.Haitham Felemban

Task Force Leader

Vice Chairman of Aramco Workers‘ Committee and Consultant of the National Committee for Workers’ Committees

Description

Tech-induced industry disruptions are driving precarious work to new heights. Business are undertaking digital transformations and adopt new business models that are based on flexible and unstable work arrangements. Automation is rapidly changing work and employment expectations. However, there are no guarantees that technological change will lead to social upgrading for working people, families and communities.

Global governance of data needs to be established aiming at developing new guarantees and principles towards a trustworthy human-centered digital economy, including in a transformed workplace with justice, rights and equality.

Trade unions are developing sets of principles for the ethical use of AI and other technologies at the workplace and could make a robust contribution by bringing up new items for the discussions and contribute to the current agenda. In line with the Saudi Presidency, trade unions advocate for a bold strategy for digitalization that creates benefits for all. It is on this point (inclusion) that trade union proposals could benefit the TF’s discussions.

This taskforce anticipates the strategic direction of businesses globally to prepare for changes in work, workplace, and the workforce. They are tasked to rethink their purpose, redesign policies, processes, and delivery methods to ensure there is a fair workplace for all.

The task force recommends policies for global data governance and develop reliable measures towards a human-focused digital economy. Furthermore, it prepares the workforce for the adoption and diffusion of the fourth Industrial revolution (IR-4), new technologies and Artificial Intelligence and drive skills development, and labor protection laws and regulations to ensure a proper transition to a just digital economy without negatively affecting the labor. Moreover, it aims at eliminating precariousness in employment, realizing equal gender treatment, remedy long working hours, and accessing to lifelong learning for all to have a decent future workplace.

Taskforce PriorityTaskforce Policy Recommendations
Building consensus for a comprehensive international framework for human-centered technological innovation by building on the G20 AI Principles (2019 Presidency) and the G20 Policy Principles to Promote Labor Formalization and Decent Work for the Future of Work and in the Platform Economy (2018 Presidency) and develop new principles for inclusive data governance.Enhancing the role of the public and private sectors in technology adoption to create jobs, and promote sustainable and inclusive growth.
Preparing the workforce for the technology adoption with the right skills and labor protection policies.Ensure fairness in digitalization.
Initiating a framework to regulate Fintech and adopt policies to avoid increasing indebtedness of poor people.Supporting skills development and training for people of all ages.
Opportunities for new worker skills and a just transition the current labor by providing adequate upskilling programs.Address gender balance in the field of artificial intelligence.
Labor rights and protection including collective bargaining with employers.Address AI various impact on opportunities in education, employment and workplaces.
Eliminate instability in employment and promote a digital economy that benefits all.Building resilience and enhancing livelihood of vulnerable populations with digital access and skills.
Remedy long working hours and increase workers’ time sovereignty.Re-skilling employees for future work.
Ensure the privacy of labor data, and data classification.Digital inclusion to rebuild the communities including migrant and displaced populations.

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