The world of work is changing rapidly, with new technologies being developed at a pace that is sometimes abrupt and often alarming. Unifor’s Automation, New Technology and the Future of Work conference in Halifax on August 15, 2018, in the lead up to Canada Council, is therefore especially timely.
“Advanced robotics, automated vehicles, platform applications and artificial intelligence are just a few of the technologies that are transforming our workplaces, our relationships, and our lives,” said Jerry Dias, National President. “But to respond to this need our union is gathering together to discuss and strategize for the future of work to ensure the needs of workers, their rights and livelihoods are at the forefront with advancements.”
At this conference, members will learn about the future of work and how some workers are taking a stand and fighting back to ensure their voice is heard; their needs are met; and their well-being is considered as part of the new workplace. Participation for the day-long conference is filling up fast. Submit your registration today!
Work and workplaces are all susceptible to disruption and transformation over time. Disruption has the potential to affect the quality and quantity of work in Canada in substantive and meaningful ways in the years ahead. In addition to the changing nature of work, the expansion of the gig economy, services, online movie and television access and mobile apps, such as Uber, Netflix and Airbnb in Canada, have exposed major loopholes in government regulation, and labour rights.
But while this poses a threat, it also presents opportunities. New technologies have the potential to enhance connection between people and disrupt the power dynamics that run workplaces and the country. It can also improve how work is organized and reduce physical stress.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to engage with experts, researchers and workers to discuss how automation and new technology are affecting work today and how our union can respond.
The day-long conference will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and registration is separate from Canadian Council. It culminates in an evening event featuring a “no nonsense” debate on the implications of new technology in the workplace with The Debaters Live! and a hard-hitting address by Jerry Dias. A dessert reception will be provided and we’ll finish with plenty of time left to enjoy the Halifax pier.
“This conference will be our opportunity to collectively brainstorm and plan fora future that’s quickly approaching,” said Dias.