Research event

Fundamental rights for workers in a digital age

A presentation by Anke Hassel (Hertie School). This event is part of the Fundamental Rights Research colloquium hosted by the Centre for Fundamental Rights.

The paper explores the changing nature of employment in the knowledge-based economy. It discusses the transformation of workplaces driven by technology and the organisational restructuring of firms. It argues that digital tools facilitate the increasing physical, organisational and legal distance between owners of businesses and those workers and contractors who perform services leading to insecurity, inequality and new social risks. Companies aim to limit their responsibilities vis-à-vis workers and to minimize competition through higher concentration of economic power. Based on the analysis, the paper then formulates some responses with regard to rights of workers to social protection, workers’ representation and participation and new corporate governance norms.

Anke Hassel is Professor of Public Policy at the Hertie School. From 2016 to 2019 she was the Scientific Director of the WSI at the Hans Böckler Foundation. Anke Hassel has extensive international experience and scientific expertise in the fields of the labour market, social partnership, codetermination and the comparative political economy of developed industrial nations. She was an expert in the fact-finding committee on growth, prosperity and quality of life in the German Bundestag (2012-13); the expert commission on the future of the Hans Böckler Foundation (2015-17) and chairwoman of the expert group on Workers' Voice and Good Corporate Governance in Transnational Companies in Europe (2015-2018). She has also been a member of the German Federal Government's High-Tech Forum since January 2019.