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Analysts: More Robots, Greater Risk of Slavery in Asia

The rise of robots in manufacturing in Southeast Asia is likely to fuel modern slavery as workers who end up unemployed thanks to automation face abuses competing for a shrinking pool of low-paid jobs in a “race to the bottom,” analysts said Thursday. Drastic job losses because of the growth of automation in the region, a hub for many manufacturing sectors from garments to vehicles, could produce a spike in labor abuses and slavery in global supply chains, said risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.  More than half of workers in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, at least 137 million people, risk losing their jobs to automation in the next two decades, the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) says. Race to bottom The risk of slavery tainting supply chains will spiral as workers who lose their jobs because of increased robot manufacturing will be more vulnerable to workplace abuses as they jostle for fewer jobs at lower wages, said Alexandra Channer of Maplecroft. “Displaced workers without the skills to adapt or the cushion of social security will have to compete for a diminishing supply of low-paid, low-skilled work in what will likely be an increasingly exploitative environment,” she said. “Without concrete measures from governments to adapt and educate future generations to function alongside machines, it could be a race to the bottom for many workers,” the head of human rights at Britain-based Maplecroft said in a statement. Farming, forestry and fishing, manufacturing, construction, retail and hospitality are the sectors in Southeast Asia where workers are most likely to be replaced by robots, Maplecroft said in an annual report, with Vietnam the country at most risk. Workers in the garment, textile and footwear industry, mostly women in countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam, face the biggest threat from automation in... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Analysts: More Robots, Greater Risk of Slavery in Asia, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Analysts: More Robots, Greater Risk of Slavery in Asia

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Wednesday, 11 July, 2018

 

 

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