Event: Automation, Changing Work, and New Ways of Struggle

Hosted by Conference of Socialist Economists and the Contemporary Philosophy of Technology Research Group, Birmingham

Speakers: Phoebe Moore (Leicester Uni), Petros Elia (UVW), Susana Benavides (UVW), Saori Shibata (Leiden Uni)

Saturday 9th March 2019, 3-5pm :: Artefact Art Gallery, 1464 Pershore Road (followed by a social event)

The world of work is changing. We see rapid moves towards automation, quantified work, precarity, and zero-hour contracts. But at the same time we see new and different ways in which workplace struggle is conducted. This event provides an opportunity for those interested in these different changes – to the workplace and to resistance in the workplace – to come together and discuss recent research and to reflect on ongoing campaigns. The session will focus on:

- Research into the changing nature of the (digital) workplace by Phoebe Moore, leading international scholar of the political economy of technology and work;

- Discussion from two of the leading trade union activists from the United Voices of the World, Petros Elia and Susana Benavides, who recently won a major victory following dismissal for organising for a living wage campaign at Top Shop;

- Discussion by Saori Shibata, lecturer in the political economy of Japan, of how the creation of precarious workers is being contested in the changing capitalist context of Japan.

There will plenty of opportunity for discussion, debate, and plotting the next moves in the struggle against capitalism.

See the event webpage for registration link.