By Eth Morgan & John Chadfield
We’re two tech workers; a software engineer and a product manager. Our role over the years has been to develop and maintain the kind of digital apps and tools that are now commonplace in people’s hands. We’re also trade unionists and members of the Tech Workers’ Coalition.
We’d been invited by TUC Digital Labs to share our expertise in working with a TUC affiliate, the Royal College of Midwives, as part of a pilot project, looking at questions around improving the accuracy of member data – something that’s key to helping the union’s work in continually improving their membership experience.
Continue reading Double-down on reps, not digital
The return from lockdown is bringing with it a surge of data collection about work and workers. Will employers get hooked and keep the surveillance after the crisis has gone, and how can workers have a meaningful say, asks Prospect’s Andrew Pakes.
Continue reading High visibility and COVID-19: returning to the post-lockdown workplace
GDPR offers workers a powerful tool to govern and oversee the use of technologies in workplaces, argues Christina Colclough.
Continue reading Are you involved? Data Protection Impact Assessments at Work
One troubling consequence of the disappearance of the office is that a potentially permanent increase in remote work will almost certainly make it harder for workers to organise, writes J C Pan in The New Republic.
Continue reading Unionizing the Office in an Age of Remote Work
Watch this recording of a webinar with Alison Charlton, Digital Engagement Manager at Unison, on choosing the right digital tools to organise your members.
Continue reading Unions 21 Masterclass ‘Digital tools for organising’
UNI Global Union on how Covid-19 may erode workers’ rights to privacy and to disconnect.
Continue reading Data, automation and AI in the time of Covid-19
Henry Skewes of Unions21 has been piloting online campaigns with non-union workers. He’s written up what they learned so far .
Continue reading Digital organising: Overcoming the trust barrier
An ETUC survey of affiliates about the implementation of GDPR in member states found a worrying new trend of employers abusing the law to deny trade unions their right to contact workers digitally at work.
UNI Global Union’s Christina Colclough features on a Norwegian union podcast, talking about why we need to be critical towards the massive surveillance and monitoring we are subject to as workers and as citizens.
Continue reading Yours, mine and our data
Prospect and Bectu teams dug deep into the possibilities of using Spotlight – UNI Global Union’s privacy respecting, worker empowering tool – at a beta launch event.
Continue reading Spotlight Beta Test II 🚀