Worker representation vs automation [...]

Stronger workforce representation can paradoxically lead to more automation of labour.

“… A recurrent capitalist dynamic: as workers become more powerful and better paid, the pressure on capitalists to automate increases.”

“When there is a huge pool of migrant farm labor, a $100,000 fruit picker looks like a wasteful indulgence. But when workers are scarce and can command better wages the incentive to replace them with machinery is intensified”

 “The trend towards automation runs through the entire history of capitalism “

“Why replace a worker with a robot, if the worker is cheaper?”

Four futures, Peter Frase

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