Proving Work

Proving Work

UNIs Young Workers Lab asks the question in this thought provoking article: What in this day and age counts as ‘work’? Through new tools, incl the sustainable use of data, the Lab aims to answer

At the heart of the Young Workers’ Lab is a simple question: what in this day and age counts as ‘work’?

Does your time spent reading emails when you should be off-duty count? Where is the limit? How about the time that click workers, freelancers, and courier riders spend waiting for a job to tick in? Or the miles driven between clients and the time spent in traffic jams for the home-care worker? Should your commute count as work? What are the work/life boundaries these days? When is ‘work’ work and how can we prove it? 

We need to address the information asymmetry and prove we are working far more than we are paid for

Director, Christina Colclough

Many young workers today face highly criticisable working conditions. Warehouse workers have few breaks and run miles per day to meet targets set by an algorithm. Archaeologists spend weeks away from home, with some exposed to workplace harassment. Bankers, insurance workers, and call center staff are monitored for every keystroke they make, every word they say, the time they spend concluding a sale or giving a piece of advice.

Whilst we know this is happening, unions today rely on anecdotal evidence to push back on irresponsible employers and businesses, or to prove that the working day extends far beyond the hours paid. However, whilst anecdotes emotionally touch us, they seldom lead to change.

The Young Workers Lab aims to address this by providing unions with the knowledge, best-practices, and digital tools needed to conveniently collect and manage indisputable evidence about the working lives of their members.

Read the article below! Its all about the responsible use of data and the app we are currently developing!

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