Abstract:- Technology is changing the world of work, re-working employer-employee relationships, creating new forms of power and control over workers, and in worst cases substituting workers, especially in routine tasks. This talk examines the nature of social and political responses required to deal with this transformation. Examining India’s job market, with a focus on the country’s information technology (IT) industry, it assesses whether the ILO’s focus on labour rights and social protection is suited to addressing the potential for capital–labour substitution and the new ecosystem of software-mediated work. Drawing from data on work and the experience of workers in a digital economy, we suggest a new engagement with digital labour, closer scrutiny of unregulated working conditions, and democratic control over tech-enabled digital platforms.
About the Speaker:- Kaveri Haritas is Associate Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, OP Jindal Global University. Dr. Haritas’ doctoral work was on the politics of the poor, citizenship, law and gender, based on which a book is forthcoming with the Cambridge University Press. She has more recently forayed into economic anthropology with a specific interest in work. The talk is based on a book chapter co-authored with Dr. Filipe Calvao (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva), in the volume The ILO @ 100: Addressing the Past and Future of Work and Social Protection, edited by Christophe Gironde and Gilles Carbonnier (Brill, 2019).