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Is Technology killing your job?

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Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.

–Stewart Brand

Is your job threatened by machines?, have you ever thought of the adverse effects of technology on jobs?

Unemployment due to technological advancements can be summarised as the loss of jobs due to technological change. This problem can be traced back 1920, when new technology was used in agriculture which led to the 'green revolution', now machines and technology have crept into every field and industry posing a threat to the livelihood of employee's. New technologies can lead to a lasting decline in the total number of workers in employment. In the 2014 World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos, a survey found that one hundred and seventeen respondents out of one hundred and forty-seven agreed that technology was driving jobless growth.

Globally, around the world automation threatens 800 million jobs. This number includes both blue collar and white collar jobs. 21st-century innovation has been replacing some unskilled work, other low skilled occupations remain resistant to automation, while white-collar work requiring intermediate skills is increasingly being performed by autonomous computer programs.

These numbers are alarming as well as a reminder to us as global citizens that we must voice our concerns to governments in order to find long term solution to this problem. By signing this petition, I hope this issue can be brought to the notice of governments globally and that they take steps to help save the livelihoods of those who have lost their job or who's job's pose a risk

This petition encourages

  • Governments to maintain, and where possible expand, well-tailored and cost-effective active labor market measures, including measures to support labor mobility
  • Development youth entrepreneurship skills and self-employment
  • Development national employment and training policy frameworks that are adaptable to local labor market conditions
  • Governments must set aside a welfare budget to safe gaurd the livelihoods of people who have lost their job due to technological advancements

The steps mentioned above are in line with the solution provided by the The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD)

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