In 2017 we founded the first Data Workers Union to demand an end to the limitless exploitation of our production of data and to fight to gain control over its ownership. We are an international organisation seeking to pursue data labour rights as citizens of a datafied society.
The data that we produce is a resource already extracted by companies like Google and Facebook, producing vast amounts of capital. Why aren't we, the data workers, gaining ownership over our production?
This new form of production transforms our everyday life into a constant working shift, at the same time, the production of data increasingly controls more and more aspects of our life. We as citizens demand control over it.
Big Data has become a multi-billion industry.
We, the data workers are its key resource and unrecognised workforce.
While the data produced should belong to the data workers, its control and exploitation is in the hands of monopolistic companies.
In a society that claims it no longer requires human work, we all have become invisible workers. We pursue to shift this paradigm.
Human civilization is producing an ever increasing amount of data. Recent estimations reveal we produce almost 3 exabytes of data per day.
Billion of Workers
Exabytes of data produced every day
Hours per day worked
The principles we stand for
As part of our initiatives we organize projects, assemblies, workshops and regularly participate at conferences in several countries such as The Netherlands, France, Italy, Argentina and Germany.
Data Workers Union is an international organization, but we believe in the power of distributed local organizing. You can help us to establish municipal, state and transnational unions through the globe.