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Power to the people: trade unions need to face up to the rise of tech—and fast

New technology is coming that will transform entire industries—and wipe out others. It's time for unions to get to grips with digital

By Aaron Bastani  

There is power in a union: it's time for trade unions to get to grips with tech. Photo: Prospect composite

Navigating automation and what it means for unemployment is, along with climate change and an ageing population, one of the great challenges of the twenty-first century. 

A 2015 study by the Bank of England showed how technological change, in particular the rise of machine learning, may mean the loss of up to fifteen million UK jobs. A year later the Bank’s Governor, Mark Carney, returned to those forecasts saying that without decisive…

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