UNI & the Future World of Work

UNI Global Union, based in Nyon, Switzerland, represents more than 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions in the fastest growing sectors in the world – skills and services. A total of 90% of new jobs are expected to be in these sectors in the next decade. UNI and our affiliates in all regions are driven by the responsibility to ensure these jobs are decent and workers’ rights are protected, including the right to join a union and collective bargaining.

Breaking Through!

Already in 2014 at the global congress in Cape Town, UNIs affiliates knew that the future world of work will require the upmost of attention. Having identified the key challenges ahead, including the risk of workforce polarisation, flexibility with no security, the rise of individualised and precarious work, and the disruption ahead, UNI set out to change the rules of the game.

Through the Breaking Through strategy, UNI aims to ensure justice and equality for all working people. This includes focusing on global value chains in a networked, digitalised world. On new forms of business structures such as platforms and crowdsourcing and their unsocial, exploitative employment forms. On the need for ethical Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. On the need to ensure that all workers, in all forms of employment have sound social and fundamental rights. On the pressing need to revamp vocational training and higher education. And on the urgent requirement to make sure the future world of work is gender neutral and empowering for all.

General Secretary, Philip Jennings is the driving force behind UNIs future of work strategies. His foresight and ability to imagine beyond the limits of today have put UNI Global Union on the centre stage as a key organisation. 

Philip Jennings, General Secretary

Jennings is a leading commentator on the Future World of Work. A recognised driving force with the ability to look beyond what is known today, he puts workers interests centre stage ...

Christy Hoffman, Deputy GS

Hoffman calls on big corporations to carry their weight in the digitalised economy. An accomplished negotiator, Hoffman is out to strengthen workers' bargaining power up & down the value chain...

Christina Colclough, Senior Advisor

Colclough engages widely to ensure that the future world of work is transparent, empowering & inclusive. Known as a tech-nerd with a social conscience, Colclough is an acclaimed keynote speaker...