Digitalization and globalization have resulted in significant changes in our way of life and work. For some, this has meant significant improvements in productivity and efficiency. For others, it has meant increased vulnerability and costs. The situation is now made worse because the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the pre-existing negative impacts of capitalist-driven markets on labour. The immediate and frequently observed severe effect is how millions of people were furloughed or lost their jobs, and others had to quickly adapt to working from home despite maybe not having access to affordable equipment and internet connectivity when workplaces were closed. These developments pose important questions regarding job security, job creation, and the types of support available if we are unable to work or retire, the types and levels of skills we require for present and future occupations, the quality and safety of those work opportunities, and our ability to influence these outcomes.
In our fifth episode, the first part of our conversation on the ‘Future of Work’, we discuss how the pandemic has affected employment, what is the current state and future for young people who are seeking employment, and the lopsided “sharing” economy.
(Featuring guest speakers: Mastura M. Rashid, Strategist from Impact Malaysia, and Joseph Boo, Treasurer from Persatuan Kebajikan Pekerja Industri Ehailing Malaysia (PKEH))
**NOTE: Views presented by the speakers are their own personal opinions and do not necessarily represent the views of KRYSS Network, or the organizations or institutions they are affiliated with.