Robots or sweatshops?

In The Guardian a good opinion piece:

Worry less about robots and more about sweatshops

Not automation per se is a threat to workers, but exploitation of workers is the important issue at stake.

One side note: the author laments the decreased membership of trade unions. However, in the long run only worker cooperatives could end the exploitation of workers. It’s quite pity that those who claim to stand up for worker rights continue to fail to support the cooperative movement.

6 thoughts on “Robots or sweatshops?”

    1. Yes, it is. But it’s partly the result of the fact that trade unions have failed to pursue worker cooperatives as the ultimate end of the labour movement. In the 19th, however, there was more concensus among the labour movement about cooperatives as the logical end of worker emancipation. Unfortunately, trade unions have dropped that aim for short term gains since the early 1900s.

      1. You’re spot on. The close relations between union leaders and business leaders is harmful to the interests of workers. Trade Union leaders prefer to maintain the current system of wage labour than to facilitate the transition to a more equitable system of worker cooperatives.

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