Changing Work Centre

The Changing Work Centre is a joint research initiative set up by Community and the Fabian Society, looking to develop and champion progressive ideas for the modern world of work. The centre undertakes research on the changing world of work, what it means for workers today and into the future, and how government, employers and trade unions should respond.



New research – supported by a wide range of union leaders – sets out a radical plan to reverse the decline in trade union membership and boost pay in the private sector. The 11-point plan is published by the Changing Work Centre, a joint initiative between the Fabian Society and Community union. View the report here.


Commission on Workers and Technology

On August 6th 2018, the Changing Work Centre launched a two year Commission on workers and technology which will identify the actions which the government, employers and trade unions must take to ensure workers are supported in the changing world of work. The commission will work to address how government, employers and trade unions can work together to; support workers to train and re-skill, and ensure technological change leads to decent, fulfilling work.

Community instigated this project to help develop our own thinking on how to; work in partnership with employers and government as they adapt to new technologies, and how best to support our members as the world of work changes around them.

The Commissioners are:

  • Yvette Cooper MP [Commission Chair]
  • Roy Rickhuss [Community, General Secretary]
  • Kriti Sharma [Vice President, Artificial Intelligence, Sage]
  • Alina Dimofte [Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google]
  • Sue Ferns [Deputy General Secretary, Prospect]
  • Paul Nowak [Deputy General Secretary, Trades Union Congress]
  • Hasan Bakhshi [Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics, Nesta]
  • Margaret Stevens [Professor of Economics, University of Oxford]

The commission will meet over the next 18 months – reporting in early 2020. Its programme will include; visits to a wide range of workplaces and meeting with management and workers who are in the process of planning and implementing new technological change in the workplace. Over the 18 month period, the commission will draw lessons from individual businesses and a variety of sectors in order to draw conclusions and make recommendations for the British labour market.

While the commission will develop proposals for government policy on a national level, it also aims to make direct recommendations for workplaces and within Community, in order to have an immediate impact on workers lives.

To submit evidence to the Changing Work Centre’s Automation Commission, click here.

To visit the Changing Work Centre website and find out more, click here.