Future of work, technology and data

Campaigning for better rights for workers over use of their data by employers

Technology and data are transforming work. The growing use of electronic communications, monitoring technology and data analytics is also transforming the data relationship between workers and employers.

Our Future of Work activity looks at how tech, artificial intelligence, data and automation are changing how we are managed and the work we do.

The core of this is about worker voice and ensuring that unions are fully involved in shaping our future:

  • Negotiating for collective data rights at work and effective regulation to protect and safeguard our data.
  • Tackling the always-on culture and blurred boundaries between work and our personal lives.
  • Ensuring limits to surveillance and monitoring software.
  • Making sure skills and training are available.
  • Developing our own data tools and resources.
Workers who don’t know what data their employer collects about them 48%
Workers who would be uncomfortable with camera monitoring 80%

Putting workers at the heart of the future world of work

There has never been more important time to help shape the future world of work. At Prospect, we’re campaigning to make sure workers’ rights and wellbeing are at the heart of the future workplace.
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News and analysis

2 October 2020
New polling shows that workers are both unaware of the kinds of new remote monitoring…
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9 September 2020
The government has today launched its National Data Strategy at London Tech Week.
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Calvin Allen · 28 August 2020
Prospect has been working with a coalition of unions, tech specialists and researchers to…
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Employers’ collection and use of worker data

Our Feb 2020 survey showed that half of workers do not know what data employers are collecting about them.
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