On 22nd January the Digital Markets Competition and Consumers Bill was debated in Grand Chamber in the House of Lords.
IFOW were proud to have supported table amends submitted by the APPG on the Future of Work, with cross-party support.
Lord Clement-Jones spoke at length in the debate, with Hansard recording:
As well as moving Amendment 2, I will speak to Amendments 18, 23, 56 and 61.
These amendments, developed by the Institute for the Future of Work, are aimed in particular at highlighting the direct and indirect impacts on job creation, displacement and conditions and on the work environment in the UK, which are important considerations that are relevant to competition and should be kept closely under review. I look forward to hearing what the noble Lord, Lord Knight, says, as co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Future of Work, which helped the Institute for the Future of Work to develop the amendments.
Information and understanding about work impacts should be improved and monitored on an ongoing basis [...]
The Institute for the Future of Work has developed a model which could serve as a basis for this assessment: the good work algorithmic impact assessment. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office grants programme supports it and it is published on the DSIT website. The assessment covers the 10 dimensions of the Good Work Charter, which serves as a checklist of workplace impacts in the context of the digitisation of work: work that promotes dignity, autonomy and equality; work that has fair pay and conditions; work where people are properly supported to develop their talents and have a sense of community. The proposed good work AIA is designed to help employers and engineers to involve workers and their representatives in the design, development and deployment of algorithmic systems, with a procedure for ongoing monitoring.
In our role as Strategic Research Partner for the APPG on the Future of Work, IFOW will continue to bring academics, civil society and industry together with MPs and Peers to improve understanding about this vital area.