Paray: AI to Bring Changes to Workforce

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A RISE in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation while promising efficiency and productivity, also bring significant challenges to the workforce. 

It is essential for trade unions to realign their strategies and embrace change to stay relevant and effective in modern times says Member of Parliament for Mayaro Rushton Paray.

In a labour message, Paray said the traditional labour sector is at a crossroad. 

“Trade unions in Trinidad and Tobago have historically played a crucial role in advocating for workers’ rights, fair wages, and safe working conditions. However, in recent years, unions have struggled to adapt to the rapidly changing economic landscape. It is essential for trade unions to realign their strategies to stay relevant and effective in modern times,” he said.

The integration of AI and automation into various industries could displace many jobs, fundamentally altering the employment landscape. 

Paray said with more automation available especially for routine tasks, it would mean that the workforce would need to be equipped with new skills and capabilities.  

He said the future of work will increasingly demand proficiency in digital literacy, critical thinking, and advanced technological competencies.

Paray said, “Governments have a pivotal role in navigating this transition. It is imperative that we invest in comprehensive education and retraining programs that prepare workers for the jobs of the future. Policies should support continuous learning and skill development, ensuring that no worker is left behind.” 

Additionally, fostering a collaborative environment between the public and private sectors can help create innovative solutions and new employment opportunities, he added. 

Social safety nets must be strengthened to support those affected by the technological shifts including unemployment benefits, job transition assistance, and access to mental health services.

By proactively addressing those issues, citizens can mitigate the adverse impacts of AI and automation, Paray said. 

He also said trade unions must embrace the new changes by advocating for policies that support workforce retraining and embracing technology to improve worker conditions.  

By realigning their focus, unions can continue to be a powerful force for good in the era of AI and automation. 

“On this Labour Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to safeguarding the dignity of work and ensuring a future where every worker can thrive in a dynamic, technology-driven world. Together, we can build a resilient and inclusive economy for all,” Paray said. 


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