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WORKERS OF THE WORLD, RETWEET

Digital tools are helping employees mobilize the workforce

People sit at their computers inside a former hangar at Tempelhof airport before the "Campus Party" electronic event in Berlin August 22, 2012.
Reuters/Tobias Schwarz
Workers have begun to embrace a spate of new digital tools to share grievances, and coordinate action.
  • Nicolás Rivero
By Nicolás Rivero

Tech Reporter

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Technology has already fundamentally changed the way that millions of people work. Now, it’s changing the way they unify to make demands of their employers.

Waning union power across industries and around the world has left workers with fewer formal structures for venting grievances. In some sectors, the rise of the gig economy and remote work means people aren’t meeting and forming relationships with co-workers like they used to. All of this has made it harder for rank-and-file employees to organize and collectively lobby their bosses for change.

But a spate of new digital tools offers a workaround, helping people to find far-flung peers, share grievances, and coordinate action.

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