Increasing customisation and servitisation of manufacturing, as well as the pursuit of more efficiency in OHS and human resource management, can come at the price of the collection and processing of large amounts of data, including data about individual workers (e.g., work presence and absence, rate of task completion, physical information such as heart rate and blood pressure, etc.). These data can 11 also be used to automate and fasten decision-making processes and assessment of work performances. Serious concerns thus emerge not only about individual privacy and protection of personal data but also equality, transparency, and lawfulness of data processing, algorithmic decisionmaking and evaluation.
To deal with this challenge, workers’ reps should deepen their knowledge on privacy regulation and data protection, possibly also thanks to the support of external experts and ask for greater involvement in decision-making processes concerning the collection and analysis of data. In this regard, the approach of
‘negotiating the algorithm’ is being advocated at the international level to encourage workers’ representatives to bargain over the collection of data, the ways of their use and the purposes pursued. The goal of collective bargaining in this field should not merely be the preservation of workers’ privacy against attempts to monitor work, but also greater worker participation in decision-making processes that are increasingly penetrated by data and their possible opaque use.
New Rights for Workers’ Representatives in Spain to Participate in Decision-Making Processes over Workers’ Data Usage and Protection
The Direct Involvement of Italian Workers in the Determination and Analysis of Data They Themselves Generate
Further information at https://edtec.dfki.de/en/projekt/appsist/