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.