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%

Data protection impact assesements: a union guide

Our new guide to DPIAs provides a worker perspective to help unions ensure that members are involved, consulted and part of any changes in how our data is used at work.
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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

4 February 2021
The Royal Society for Public Health UK today has a survey out looking at the mental and…
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Andrew Pakes · 23 December 2020
As remote working has become more common, so has the technology that can monitor what…
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Andrew Pakes · 8 December 2020
Covid has seen the rapid growth in digital technologies at work. While technology has…
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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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