The world of work - the heart of our lives and the centre of our Labour identity - is getting ever more complex and uncertain. Complex, because new automated technologies are fusing with the internet, and creating models of work and jobs we haven’t seen before.
Earlier this year, Tom Watson MP set up the Future of Work Commission to look into how the UK is dealing with the new technological revolution.
The Commission, which is independent, concluded that the most apocalyptic predictions about the impact automation will have on jobs are far too pessimistic. Instead, the report says automation and artificial intelligence will create as many jobs as they destroy - if we get the right policies in place. But it contains some stark warnings about the future too. Because we aren’t doing enough to exploit the opportunities created by this new world of work.