Algorithmic Management and a New Generation of Rights at Work

The authors make the case for why regulation of management by AI should be regulated, in order to protect workers’ rights

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About the book

Technology has revolutionised the way we work over the last 30 years, and is now changing radically the way in which working people are managed.

Rapid advances in ‘artificial intelligence’ have given rise to complex and powerful algorithmic management tools that pose an increasing threat to the right of workers to enjoy decent working conditions and exercise agency over their working lives.

Authors Joe Atkinson and Philippa Collins, experts in labour law, argue that existing worker protections, already hugely undermined by decades of anti-union legislation, are woefully inadequate to meet the challenges posed by these developments. They contend that a new regulatory framework is urgently needed, giving workers and their unions a genuine voice in the use of algorithmic management tools, alongside recognition and protection of their rights and access to justice that ensures their employers can be held to account.


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