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Workers fear machine takeover

More than six million workers are worried machines could take their jobs over the next decade.

According a report which urges trade unions and the government to provide more support for those whose roles could be at risk, the rise of the machine economy could have a big impact.

Yvette Cooper, the Labour chair of the House of Commons home affairs elect committee, has launched a commission for the Fabian society and the Communtiy trade union.

More than 1,000 people were polled aross the country with the commission finding than over 37% - which equates to 10 million workers - are concerned aout the impact technology will have on their jobs over the next 10 years, as reported by The Guardian.

However, not many of these people believe that either the trade unions or government have been making adequate preparations for the future.

While less than 10% thought the government was doing enough to combat the issue, ony 16% believed their workplace trade union was taking the right steps to make sure technology will help rather than hinder.

Yvette said: "It's vital that action is taken now to make sure technology creates new better jobs and that all workers benefit from new technology.

"We have to make sure that automation and the digital revolution don't widen inequality and that everyone gets the help and support they need to get on ... We need to ensure that automation is an opportunity and not a threat for British workers."

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