Robots have displaced millions of factory workers.jpeg
- Advertisement -

Artificial Intelligence (AI), be it in the form of automation, digitization or robotisation of operations continue to threaten workers, as the adoption of AI has led to job losses.

It is a rapidly growing phenomenon across the world, and anytime management moves to introduce any form of job automation, workers get on edge.

Workers now consider AI as their foremost competitor for jobs.

- advertisement -

But experts believe AI also offers opportunities that workers need to explore to maintain and enhance their jobs.

In that regard, Speakers at the joint quadrennial Stanchart PMSU/UNICOF delegates’ conference in Accra urged labour unions to preoccupy themselves with measures for preparing workers to overcome the threat of AI.

The speakers, including Mrs. Mansa Nettey, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, Ghana, John Senanu Amegashie, General Secretary of Union of Industry Commerce & Finance Workers (UNICOF), Mr. Kofi Davoh, a former General Secretary of UNICOF and Austin Gamey, a renowned labour expert, all appreciated the AI phenomenon, and asked workers to prepare for more.

According to them, the only way to overcome the challenge of AI technology was to upscale their capacity and diversify their skills so that they can do more than what machine could do.

AI is taking on an increasingly important role in international discussions on the Internet. Recently in Dusseldorf, as part of the German G20 presidency, ministers responsible for their countries’ digitalization agendas met with other stakeholders to discuss policies for the digital future.

Also the issue of automation featured prominently in the recent 106th International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference in Geneva under the theme, “The future of work.”

The impact of AI driven applications, alongside strategies for how to capitalize on the Internet’s vast opportunities for productivity and economic growth, were centre stage.

The ability of machines to exhibit advanced cognitive skills to process natural language, to learn, to plan or to perceive, makes it possible for new tasks to be performed by intelligent systems, sometimes with more success than humans.

A female robot waiter delivers meals ro customers at a robot-themed restaurant

By using AI-driven automation in existing industries, alongside using AI technologies in new emerging areas, artificial intelligence could vastly boost productivity and economic growth.

By Nii Adotey/

Previous articleADR makes headway in Ghana
Next articleIvory Coast sets cocoa farmers’ pay at 700 CFA francs per kilo
ADR Daily is a specialized news portal with a focus on providing authentic news, information and research analysis on Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR), Human Resource Management (HRM) and Industrial Relations Management (IRM) in Ghana and beyond. This platform serves as an information resource base for the progress of the ADR, HRM and IRM industries, and seeks to promote professionalism in ADR practice by supporting a network of ADR professionals within and across nations and continents. ADR Daily keenly encourages the mass adoption of ADR mechanisms, particularly negotiation, mediation and arbitration for the resolution of disputes in all spheres, through the publication of industry news and information, as well as by deploying innovative awareness creation engagements.