Workplaces are sites of power imbalance, and much of the rapid acceleration of tech – both as a workplace and in the workplace – has created zones devoid of traditional protections and processes.
Dangerous, precarious, and invisible work sustains much of the tech supply chain, from Congolese children working in hazardous cobalt mines, to Filipino and Indian content moderators reviewing gruesome social media content on low-wage contracts, with all the attendant physical and mental stresses and hazards.
People need to be re-centred at the heart of the conversation on the future of work. Narratives of inevitability and desirability about the rollout of automation and robotics in pursuit of ruthless efficiency need to be challenged. We should have a say on the work we do, today, as well as tomorrow.