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“You know that feeling, when you get a work-related text message demanding your attention when you just started cooking. Or when your boss calls while you were in a conversation with a friend. One of the biggest challenges to workers’ rights today is digitalisation, which is turning our societies and economies upside down. The way we regulate digitalisation decides whether new jobs will be good jobs with fair pay and decent conditions. We have to up-date our rules to the new realities of the digital age. The job of workers’ parties and trade unions is to ensure that the technological progress brought by digitisation also brings social progress for the many. We cannot allow digital tools to be abused or undermine hard fought for workers’ rights. Online workers must be entitled to the same rights as offline workers: decent working conditions, clearly stipulated working hours and rest times, fair pay and, definitely, the right to disconnect.”

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