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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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It’s time to regulate the gig economy

Technology is used to monitor workers doing platform-based work. It can also be used to regulate work and protect workers Over a century ago, labour laws began to be instituted in diverse countries throughout the world. These laws were intended to provide protection to workers in what was recognized as an unequal relationship of exchange, but it also gave authority … Continue reading

18 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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The gig economy requires unions to embrace the Internet

The internet provides new opportunities to strengthen collective action and improve new forms of work These are hard times for trade unions. Private sector union membership in the US is down to under 7 per cent of workers. While private sector membership in the UK is higher, at 14 per cent, the ability of UK unions to win disputes, outside … Continue reading

11 April 2017 by
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It’s not the gig economy, stupid

The gig economy has got us talking about the labour market, but the decline in trade union membership matters more Sometimes change comes suddenly and without warning, in big bold type on the front pages. But, often, the changes that really matter never make it to the headlines. Take the large falls in global poverty over the past few decades, … Continue reading

11 April 2017 by
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A crisis of control – what should the on-demand workforce be demanding?

To improve security at work we must bring together the demands of people in work with those looking to find work. When it comes to work, the UK is facing a crisis of control. We already feel among the highest sense of job insecurity of any country in Europe and work among the longest hours.  Low unemployment figures mask a … Continue reading

7 April 2017 by
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Labour and work in the modern economy | New SPERI and openDemocracy collaboration

SPERI and openDemocracy have launched a new collaboration to explore the themes of labour rights and worker organisation in the modern economy.  Work for many people is changing fast with concerns about low pay, casualisation and insecurity central to current policy debates. Issues and questions connected to the ‘gig economy’ and ‘platform-working’ have increasingly come to dominate academic and policy … Continue reading

7 April 2017 by
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Same as it ever was? Labour rights and worker organisation in the modern economy

SPERI and openDemocracy launch new series of articles on labour and work in the 21st century economy 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 if they have heard of Uber, Deliveroo or TaskRabbit and the recognition will be … Continue reading

6 April 2017 by
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