Digitalisation of work creates new forms of work organisations, new management practices, and new ways of labour outsourcing that challenge many aspects of “ traditional” work or “ old” roles.
Even if it can potentially release positive outcomes such as preventing workers from hazardous tasks, it induces psychosocial risks.
This is particularly the case with the recent surge of digital labour platforms or, broadly speaking, what we call the gig economy.
Psychosocial risks associated with digital technologies tend to go under the radar or are often underestimated even by those facing them.
When digital technologies blur the boundaries between work and family, it becomes challenging to identify the origin of psychosocial risks induced by technologies.
The same goes for digital technologies used to control workers. Against this background, psychosocial risks induced by the process of digitalisation of work is more than ever a priority for trade unionists.
This self-paced training, accessible from 23 May to 19 June 2022, includes tutors support and one live webinar with ETUI experts. The total expected individual workload is about 8 hours. Learners can follow this course at their own rhythm by accessing at any moment the online training platform. The online course, hosted on Moodle, is provided in English and free of charge.
Once you have completed this course, you should:
- understand how digital technology is changing the world of work
- be able to analyse settings to identify potential psychosocial risks
- be able to assess opportunities for action by unions to prevent and mitigate risks
- be aware of the national and European context
The target group of this course are trade unionists from ETUC-affiliated organisations working on health and safety issues or on organizing more generally. It may be particularly relevant to union officers who can survey the scene and have opportunities at different levels to promote improvement. Organisations and trade unionists interested in exploring this topic are also welcome.
Registrations: individual expressions of interest can be done through national contact persons (see the list here). ETUI Education is available for clarification and support (Ilaria Costantini firstname.lastname@example.org and Sylviane Mathy email@example.com ). Participation in this course is free of charge.