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

New research by the TUC to understand the lives of Britain’s young workers will help improve work and give them a path to union membership Lindsay’s phone rings again as she squints at the list of house calls for the day. On the end of the phone an elderly client cries as she pleads for someone to come and help … Continue reading

23 May 2017 by
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Back to the future: women’s work and the gig economy

Learning from the history of women’s work can help to overcome discrimination and improve working conditions in the gig economy ‘The future of work’ is big news, with the debate also picking up speed in policy circles. And with good reason: a persistent lack of decent work globally is negatively affecting incomes, and therefore living standards. Addressing this is an … Continue reading

16 May 2017 by
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Organising against the gig economy – lessons from Latin America?

Adam Fishwick

New strategies of organisation and workers’ control in Latin America suggest ways to tackle the insecurity of the gig economy Workers in the so-called ‘gig economy’ face heightening conditions of precarity and exploitation – from delivery couriers to taxi drivers, as has been shown in this series so far, conditions of work are increasingly deleterious and show little sign of … Continue reading

2 May 2017 by
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New Unions, Old Laws – Why flexibility is key in the ‘gig economy’

Sebastien Flais

The gig economy companies must and can be challenged to better protect their workers; this can be done under existing legislation The conventional understanding surrounding work divides employment into two categories: employee and self-employed.  The former offers more rights but less flexibility, the latter offers more flexibility but with no rights at all.  These are helpful umbrella terms but they … Continue reading

2 May 2017 by
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The Changing World of Work and the trade union movement’s response

The economy and employment are changing fast, but there are important steps that unions can take to be prepared In 2016, the final panel session at the Unions 21 conference discussed the union movement’s response to the debate on the future of work and in the past year, I have attended events, read reports and had endless discussions on the … Continue reading

25 April 2017 by
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Organising with on-demand freelancers in the platform economy: Part Two

Adopting online freelancing platforms as part of your business model presents organisations with challenges that require novel solutions Digital technologies have enabled the rise of online labour platforms that transform contemporary organisations and the way work gets done.  In Part One of this blog, I introduced a typology of online labour platforms and described the motivations of organisations to work … Continue reading

25 April 2017 by
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Organizing with on-demand freelancers in the platform economy: Part One

To understand the future of work we need to explore the diversity of platforms and how they are used in the modern economy In the platform economy, digital technologies enable a wide range of interactions.  You’re probably familiar with sharing economy platforms such as Uber and Airbnb.  But probably lesser known are the transformative effects that online labour platforms have … Continue reading

18 April 2017 by
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