Young Workers' Lab 🚀

The Young Workers' Lab is a new pop-up research center in the Future World of Work division of UNI Global Union.

Our aim is to test how digital technologies, data, and power can be shared to democratize access to the collective value of the digital age.

Our research engages with young workers, trade unions big and small, technologists, government, civil society, business, academics, and activists. Check out our articles below for news on what we've accomplished so far. The question that guides us is:

How can digital technologies be used by young workers and unions to improve young workers’ job quality and voice in the digital world of work? 

Report! Connective Action

What digital tools can be used to boost union's outreach to members? In this report, UNIs Young Workers Lab team offers descriptions, insights and inspirations from developers, experts and users!

Data = Plastic?

You've probably by now heard the expression, 'Data is the new oil.' But is it? Is it more like plastic? The more we produce, the more we pollute?

🏎 Test Driving: ThoughtExchange

Read here Prospect's reflections on using the survey tool Thoughtexchange and why they conclude that it is a 'whole new approach to recruiting, retaining and organising members of a union' 🏎

Proving Work 🧮

What in this day and age counts as ‘work’? Time spent reading emails at home, or click workers, freelancers waiting for a job to tick in. Commute times? When is work, work? And how can we prove it?

Podcast: Future of Work 🤖

Unions21 managed to find UNIs YWL team, Jonnie and Christina, in the same spot and sat down with us for a good chat about young workers, data, AI and the future of work. Make a cuppa & enjoy!

Meet the Lab's Union Advisors 💪

Andrew Pakes, Prospect Andrew is Director of Communications Research, a Deputy General Secretary role, at Prospect helping to lead the union’s policy, organising, legal services, communications and ou

Meet the Lab's Tech Advisors! 🎉

The collective is always stronger than the individual. Below, we share a few names of the wonderful people whose intellectual, technical, legal and ethical expertise support our experiments. This grou

Prospect: Why ignoring workers is a sure-fire way to create an AI divide

Read this powerful article by Young Workers Lab partner Andrew Pakes from Prospect arguing why ignoring workers is a sure-fire way to create an AI divide - not least with respect to young workers

5 Design Lessons from Young Workers Lab

We have learnt some valuable lessons during the design of our project and the first few months driving it. Read this blog for our top 5 (keywords: co-design, MLP, purpose, focus & intent!)