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Rev CEO: ‘We Got a Few Things Wrong’

Transcription platform Rev quietly slashed the minimum pay for its contractors earlier this month, and its workforce has been vocally pushing back against what it sees as unlivable wages since then. Read More >>

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Transcription Platform Rev Slashes Minimum Pay for Workers

Rev, one of the biggest names in transcription – and one of the cheapest services of its kind – opted to alter its pay structure with little warning for thousands of contractors on its platform, some of whom are furious at what they expect will be smaller paycheques from here on out. Read More >>

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Wilko Staff Call Strike to Highlight Terrible Working Conditions

Discount retailer of many sectors Wilko is set to be crippled by a strike, with as many as 1,800 staff members – mainly the hi-viz distribution grafters – hoping to bring the company to its knees around the negotiating table. 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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Bank of England Close to Endorsing the Four-Day Week

It's a fairly massive open secret that most office workers could perform their allocated weekly work tasks in just four days, often three, sometimes two and in extreme cases may power through an entire week of work on the one Friday afternoon, so let's at least think about when to switch the nation to a four-day week, says a Bank of England economist. 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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With 1.5 Million UK Workers Slated to Lose Their Jobs to Automation, Calls for a Shorter Work Week Intensify

On Monday, the UK’s Office of Data and Statistics released a report that found 1.5 million of the nation’s workers are at “high risk” of losing their jobs to automation. “In 2017, out of the 19.9 million jobs analysed in England, 7.4% people were employed in jobs at high risk of automation,” the report notes. Women and part-time workers are most vulnerable. Read More >>

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Report: Amazon Warehouses Called Emergency Services for Mental Health Crises At Least 189 Times in Five Years

E-commerce giant Amazon has long been reported to be an unpleasant place to hold down a job. Article after article has relayed claims of an ultra-competitive workplace culture, employees being treated like soulless robots, sweatshop-esque performance requirements, and long hours of monotonous work. That includes mandatory seasonal overtime that some workers have said sometimes results in injuries. Read More >>

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The Case for an Automation-Powered 4-Day Work Week

If the robots are indeed taking our jobs, shouldn’t we all probably be working less? A movement is picking up momentum in the UK based on that very reasonable logic. On Thursday, a proposal backed by eminent British progressives like Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is making the call to transition to a four-day workweek by 2025. As the proposal’s title makes clear, it’s both “a radical and pragmatic proposal.” Read More >>

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Unions Say We Could Manage on a Four-Day Week

It's a fairly well established fact of working life that a job expands to fit the time you have to do it in, so perhaps we, as a nation, ought to admit this and switch to a four-day working week, thanks to all the incoming help from robots and AIs. Imagine the UK appearing all forward-thinking for once and getting everything done by Thursday. Read More >>

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Researchers Reckon Your Commute Should Be Classed As Working Hours

It seems a lot of us who use public transport to travel to and from work are using our time sat on the train/bus to deal with work emails and other work-related tasks. As a result, some researchers reckon that the working day structure needs to be looked at, with the commute time included as part of our standard working hours. Read More >>

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Crappy Buses Stop People Holding Down Jobs

Researchers tasked with doing a bit of Orwellian investigation into the lives of your everyday folk in the north of England have come to the conclusion that the buses need to be better, finding that people are missing job interviews and losing work opportunities simply because the public transport system is so unreliable. Read More >>

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Slack Is Down and I’ve Never Felt Less Alive

On Wednesday, Slack confirmed that users worldwide were experiencing difficulty connecting to the workplace messaging service, pledging to investigate the problem and provide updates soon. Read More >>

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We’re Becoming a Nation of Brave Little Soldiers

People tracking the sickness habits of the workers of the country think we've been toughening up for some reason, as the number of staff who go in to work even though they're feeling a bit unwell is rocketing. We are no longer the sickie leaders of Europe. Read More >>