Robots, Uber and other new forms of work organisation – threat or opportunity?
This is the fourth (and final) blog of a series based on a speech to a conference sponsored by the Child Poverty Action Group looking at work and welfare in the 21st century. (Part 1; Part 2; Part 3). It has been reprinted from The Daily Blog.
Last week I discussed how the casualisation of work was fundamentally a product of the weakening of working class organisation (and struggle) over recent decades rather than being the inevitable result of new technology.
However, we need to have a strategy for dealing with technological change so that it is not used to further reduce the rights of working people.
Simply opposing technological change doesn't work, as “the Luddites” discovered 200 years ago - although the truth of their struggle may not have been as anti-technology as it is popularly remembered.
Will robots take over all jobs?
There is a real debate over the possibility that robots will take all our jobs. That may be the case in some future society, but I have doubts that this is remotely possible under capitalism.