The future of work: what does it hold for workers' rights?

25/04/2017 -
08:30 to 10:00
8 Coldbath Square
United Kingdom

Through ever rapidly increasing advances, digitalisation is radically transforming the architecture of work, with new technologies giving rise to new business models. In today's growing gig economy, customers connect directly with workers.

There are clear advantages to the gig economy: the potential of greater flexibility allows workers to choose when and where to work. It can lead to increased labour participation, especially for women. There are also challenges, as those working in the gig economy may not enjoy the same rights as employed workers.

But digitalisation is not only transforming the nature of work - it also has an impact on the regulation of it. What will this mean for workers’ rights? And what should the labour policies look like in the face of expanding digitalisation?

Our speakers are experts in the field and they will explore current issues, illustrate dilemmas and discuss best practice. Come ready for a challenging debate and discussion over breakfast.

Our speakers

Abigail Hunt, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
ODI is a leading think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Their mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. Abigail specialises in women's empowerment and gender equality and will illustrate economic opportunities and the challenges with regulation.

Professor Peter Nolan, Director and Professor of Work and Employment Futures, Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures
As part of the University of Leicester, the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures is at the forefront of analytical and policy research on work and employment futures. Peter focuses on the connected fields of industrial relations, labour markets and economic performance and he will discuss the nature and forms of changing employment relationships.

About Ethical Insights

ETI's Ethical Insights Series create a safe, open space where we can air challenges, share ideas and learn from one another. We want to generate a spirit of knowledge collaboration, to improve the impact of all our efforts.

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This event is part of our Ethical Insights series.