Rise of the Robots puts 47% of British Jobs at risk – Is there a place for the Working Class in an Automated world?

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When the NeoLiberal Thatcherites and Blairites “creatively destroyed” our economy to replaced it with a service based economy – selling off all of our infrastructure in the process – they didn’t tell us all that pain would be to create jobs that would themselves disappear to automisation in the near future.

The future is being forged, and even more so than the present, the Working Class have no place in it. 

“The job market of the future will consist of those jobs that robots cannot perform.”

According to a study by Micheal Osborne at Oxford University, around 47 percent of total employment is in the ‘high risk’ category when it comes to being replaced by automisation.

Think of the standard supermarket : Where once there were 20 checkouts, there are now 20 self service robots and 1 attendant. That is what is going to happen to the whole economy. The ‘jobs at risk’ are jobs expected to be automated relatively soon, perhaps over the next decade or two. Most workers in transportation and logistics occupations, together with the bulk of office and administrative support workers, and labour in production occupations, are at risk.

A substantial share of employment in service occupations, where most job growth has occurred over the past decades, are highly susceptible to computerisation.

While nineteenth century manufacturing technologies largely substituted for skilled labour through the simplification of tasks the Computer Revolution of the twentieth century caused a hollowing-out of middle-income jobs.

 

“As technology races ahead, most workers will reallocate to tasks that are non-susceptible to computerisation – i.e., tasks requiring creative and social intelligence.

For workers to win the race, however, they will have to acquire creative and social skills.”


Had the miners in Nottingham known that in 1984, they wouldn’t have sided with Thatcher, and like Germany and Scandanavia we would have a balanced economy fit to face the 21st century. 

As it stands we dismantled ourselves for nothing, and face having vast swathes of our populace facing the levels of unemployment seen in the post industrial heartlands destroyed by Thatcher. 

“What message are we going to send to the rest of the world? Are we going to send the message that the great Labour movement, which is the mother & father of modern democracy…… that we have turned our back on our principles?

When we realise that all the tides of history are flowing our direction…that we are not beaten, that we represent the future – then when we say it & MEAN it – then will we lead our people, to where they deserve to be led.”

Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the National Health Service

 

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