LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — A newly formed task force in the United Kingdom (UK) aims to tackle the growing concerns over the impact of artificial intelligence on workers’ rights and job security.
Created by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and led by Cambridge tech expert Gina Neff, the group aims to develop new legislation safeguarding workers from AI abuse.
“The UK is positioning itself broadly as a global leader in responsible AI. So if we’re going to take on that leadership role internationally, we need to put our money where our mouth is,” said Neff.
TUC AI leader Mary Towers highlighted the urgency of the matter, pointing to a surge in hi-tech surveillance and decision-making by algorithms that put workers at risk.
She also warned that evolving AI technology disrupts more sectors than ever, jeopardizing privacy and job security.
Dee Masters, an employment barrister on the task force, warned of AI acting as a ‘black box,’ where opaque algorithms can obscure unfair employment practices.
The advisory board for the task force features a cross-party mix, including Labour’s Darren Jones, former Conservative minister David Davis, and industry group TechUK. A draft law is expected next spring and could be incorporated into future government policy.
TUC previously called for high-stakes employment decisions to be reviewed first by humans and for major tech rollouts to undergo employee input before launch.
Gina Neff also emphasized the need for inclusive policy-making, adding that without diverse voices at the table, society’s choices won’t reflect democratic values.
As the UK prepares to host a global AI safety summit in November, the task force aims to set the standard for responsible AI usage in the workplace, influencing domestic and international policy.