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Labour rights in the gig economy

Same as it ever was? Labour rights and organisation in the modern economy

TOM HUNT
Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute

The ‘gig economy’. Platform-working. On-demand apps and algorithmic monitoring. Outside of some policy, technology and academic circles these terms will draw blank looks from most people. Yet ask people about Uber, Deliveroo or TaskRabbit and the recognition will be far greater. They might use the apps. They might even work for them.

Over a very short period these terms, companies and the issues associated with them – as well as the concerns generated by them – have increasingly come to dominate debates about the nature of work in the modern economy. The public and policymakers alike will agree that work for many people in twenty-first century advanced capitalist economies is changing – and changing fast. Read on...

Exploring the gig economy

It’s not the gig economy, stupid.

DANIEL TOMLINSON
Resolution Trust

The gig economy has got us talking about the labour market, but the decline in trade union membership matters more.

It’s time to regulate the gig economy

JANINE BERG and VALERIO DE STEFANO
International Labour Organisation

Technology is used to monitor workers doing platform-based work. It can also be used to regulate work and protect workers.

Falling through the gaps: insecure work and the social safety net

JANE MANSOUR
Independent consultant

Labour market support systems need to adapt to the growing number of workers in vulnerable employment.

Back to the future: women’s work and the gig economy

ABIGAIL HUNT
Overseas Development Institute

Learning from the history of women’s work can help to overcome discrimination and improve working conditions in the gig economy.

Parcel delivery workers and the degradation of work

KIRSTY NEWSOME, ET AL.
U. Sheffield, U. Greenwich, Co-operative college

Life for voiceless, low paid parcel delivery workers exposes the harsh realities of degraded work in 21st-century Britain.

Organising the 'self-employed' in the gig economy

A crisis of control: what should the on-demand workforce be demanding?

ALICE MARTIN
New Economics Foundation

To improve security at work we must bring together the demands of people in work with those looking to find work.

The changing world of work and the trade union movement’s response

BECKY WRIGHT
Unions 21

The economy and employment are changing fast, but there are important steps that UK unions can take to be prepared.

Trade unions, the internet, and surviving the gig economy

ALEX J. WOOD
University of Oxford

The internet provides new opportunities to strengthen collective action and improve new forms of work.


Organising against the gig economy: lessons from Latin America?

ADAM FISHWICK
De Montfort University

New strategies of organisation and workers’ control in Latin America suggest ways to tackle the insecurity of the gig economy.

Organising freelancers in the platform economy: part one

GREETJE CORPORAAL
University of Oxford

To understand the future of work we need to explore the diversity of platforms and how they are used in the modern economy.


Organising freelancers in the platform economy: part two

GREETJE CORPORAAL
University of Oxford

Adopting online freelancing platforms as part of a business model presents organisations with challenges that require novel solutions.

New unions, old laws: why flexibility is key in the ‘gig economy’

SEBASTIEN FLAIS
Independent Workers Union of Great Britain

The UK already has laws to to better protect gig workers, but it will take more to to effectively challenge the big app-based employers.


The working lives of the under-30s show the future of work for us all

Antonia Bance
Trades Union Congress

New research to better understand the lives of Britain’s young workers will help improve work and give them a path to union membership.

Cameron Thibos

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