Reports underline importance of worker involvement in digitalisation


Two reports looking at union members’ views on digitalisation show that the lack of an employee perspective means that digital technology risks exacerbating existing problems at the workplace. An imbalance between the demands of new technology and the level of resources allocated to their introduction contributes to poor health and safety at work and high sick leave. The reports underline that employees need to be involved and also reveal that many union members do not believe that new digital tools meet the high expectations of increased efficiency and a better working environment. The reports provide clear evidence of the importance of lifelong learning and continuous training efforts from public authorities, employers and trade unions. The research is part of a joint initiative by the municipal and public services unions Kommunal (Sweden) and Fagforbundet (Norway).