Harry Bridges was the legendary president of the American dockers' union who won his spurs organising through the bloody strike of 1934. But it was the mechanisation revolution of the Sixties that really put him to the test. Bridges knew he couldn't turn back the tide. So he set out a different question: how to win for his members “a piece of the machine”. The challenge, said Bridges, was how to get the machines working for the workers and not against them.
That question – the “Bridges test” – is once again the challenge for progressives as we face the future of work.
Read more from Liam Byrne for the New Statesman here: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/business-and-finance/2018/05/britain-s-problem-not-too-many-robots-it-s-too-few