Rapid robot rollout risks UK workers being left behind, reports say

Study shows 20m jobs will be lost worldwide by 2030 with every robot costing manufacturing jobs

Rapid robot rollout risks UK workers being left behind, reports say

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In a study by the consultancy firm Oxford Economics, the rapidly growing use of robots is expected to have a profound impact on jobs across the world, resulting in up to 20m manufacturing job losses by 2030. Around 1. 7m manufacturing jobs have already been lost to robots since 2000, according to the study, including as many as 400,000 in Europe, 260,000 in the US and 550,000 in China.

In a speech in Liverpool on Wednesday evening, Cooper is expected to warn that the rapid rollout of new technologies could risk leaving workers behind. “As technology changes our workplaces, it is workers who should be in the driving seat, but our research shows that workers are too often being shut out of decisions that affect both their working conditions and their enjoyment of work.

A year on from the launch of the commission on workers and technology, chaired by the Labour MP Yvette Cooper, the early findings show that technological change has affected most people’s jobs, but workers are not getting a say when this happens.

Risking a future where workers’ jobs get worse and people’s voices go unheard over changes in the workplace, the findings come as a separate report finds the use of robots in poorer regions triggers the loss of almost twice as many jobs as in wealthier ones.

According to the commission on workers and technology, run by the Fabian Society and the Community trade union, almost six in 10 employees across Britain in a poll said their employers did not give them a say on the use of new technologies.

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