automation
Gen Z Is Already Afraid Automation Will Eat Their Jobs

A middle-aged man, holding a tool from the machine shop, looking forlorn and wistful. That’s what we might call the stock image of automation fears. It’s the picture that graces the news story about grim job-loss forecasts or think pieces about whether the robots are ‘coming for our jobs.’ (It’s either that or a menacing android.) This is who the robot threatens, who is afraid of the robot: older, semi-skilled, probably uneducated men in the manufacturing industries. Read More >>

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Teen Students Forced to Work Overtime Building Amazon Echo Devices In China

In July, a 17-year-old high school student in China was sticking protective film over 3,000 Amazon Echo dots a day at the Foxconn factory in Hengyang. She was working ten hours a day and six days a week. And she was among more than 1,000 students employed by the factory to work overtime on Amazon’s devices. Read More >>

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Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?

Amazon made waves when it announced earlier this month that it planned to spend $700 million (£558 million) to retrain one-third of its US workforce—100,000 employees—as part of its ‘Upskilling 2025’ initiative. The sizeable commitment, which the Wall Street Journal notes is “among the biggest corporate retraining initiatives” yet announced, will fund pilot programmes, classes, and tuition fees for employees. “The American workforce is changing,” Amazon’s announcement proclaims, and “there’s a greater need for technical skills in the workplace than ever before.” Translation: We will be automating your job soon, and if you want to keep a decent paying gig here, study up. Read More >>

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This Report Makes It Perfectly Clearly Who Automation Is Working For

If you want to get a sense of who, exactly, automation is working for right now, well, there’s a study for that. Spoiler – it’s the c-suite executives doing the automating. Read More >>

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Amazon Workers Plan to Strike on Prime Day

Employees at Amazon’s now-infamous Shakopee, Minnesota, warehouse – the first of the famously anti-union retailer’s locations to stage a walkout in the U.S. – is planning a strike next week to coincide with Prime Day, the company’s invented shopping holiday. Read More >>

politics
Jeremy Corbyn Wants to Know Who Said He’s Old

World's oldest student Jeremy Corbyn has asked the government's top civil servants to investigate how claims of his frailty came to light, after anonymous tipsters told The Times that he may have to stand down in the near future due to physical and mental health issues. Read More >>

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The Robots Are Coming for Our Jobs, Seller of Automation Equipment Says

Sometimes the pitch-perfect example that just totally proves your argument falls directly into your lap approximately two days after you need it to. Read More >>

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Why Uber Drivers Are Striking Around the World Today

We’re just days out from Uber making its multibillion-dollar move to the New York Stock Exchange and thousands of drivers from around the world are launching a series of strikes protests today in an effort to fight for better pay and better treatment. Read More >>

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Drivers in Britain to Stage Massive Strike Coinciding With Uber’s Initial Public Offering

Rideshare drivers in Britain have plans to sign off the Uber app and spend their time protesting in four major metro areas. London, Nottingham, Glasgow, and Birmingham are set to be flooded by irate drivers. The message, coordinated around Uber’s plans to go public, is a clear rebuke of the company’s Initial Public Offering plan, which will make many employees wealthy overnight, but leave drivers in the same deteriorating conditions. Read More >>

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Ex-PayPal Employee Fights to Have Her Gender Discrimination Dispute Heard In Court

A former PayPal employee filed a gender discrimination complaint against the company on Thursday, alleging that her supervisor passed her up for a promotion because the job would require international travel and she had young children at home. Instead, the complaint says, her male colleague with a small child was given the job. Read More >>

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Microsoft and GitHub Workers Take a Stand Against Grueling, Inhumane ‘996’ Culture in China

For tech workers in China, a brutal work schedule of 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week (usually just called "996") is not only commonplace, it’s been hailed as “a huge blessing” by the likes of Alibaba’s eccentric and fantastically wealthy taskmaster, Jack Ma. Read More >>

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Here’s What Could Sink Uber, According to Uber

Uber, the money-losing ridehailing platform which by its own admission claims it has “incurred significant losses since inception” and “may not achieve profitability,” has overcome a lot on the road to its initial public offering. Its entire business model however—which involves cost-cutting by arguably misclassifying the overwhelming majority of its workforce—is precarious, and any number of obstacles could easily send its soon-to-be-public stock on the same downward trajectory as its chief competitor. Read More >>

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3,500 Amazon Employees Challenge Jeff Bezos to Take Real Action on Climate Change

In the latest in a string of protests from inside major tech firms, thousands of Amazon employees have signed their names to an open letter calling on their employer to do more to combat its carbon emissions and to end its relationships with oil and gas giants. Read More >>

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Google’s Temp Workers Win Crucial Benefits, but They’ll Have to Wait a Few Years

Google’s TVC—short for Temps, Vendors, and Contractors—took home a victory this week in the form of an increased minimum wage and some basic benefits. Hooray! Unfortunately, the TVCs currently working at Google probably won’t be around to see any of them. Read More >>

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Google Employees Step Up to Demand Fair Treatment for Contractors

On Tuesday, more than 900 Google workers signed a letter urging the company to respect its contracted labour. As tech workers continue to call out unfair labour practices in the industry, they’re forming a coalition with contractors to acknowledge the rights of about half of Google’s workforce. The letter comes at a time when contractors are being laid off and treated as virtually non-existent. Read More >>