The UK is falling behind in protecting workers from artificial intelligence (AI), a trade union has warned.

The TUC said the UK had no plans, like the EU’s AI Act, to regulate its use in hiring, firing and setting work conditions. The union has asked a taskforce to draft legal protections.

The government said it was committed to improving and upholding worker rights.

It comes as the boss of Octopus Energy told the BBC its customers prefer emails written by AI over his staff.

Business leaders are hailing the potential of AI to spur innovation, productivity and improve customer service.

But unions say they are “deeply worried” that UK employment law is not keeping pace with the AI revolution.

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