A Global Struggle: Worker Protest in the Platform Economy
6 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2020
Date Written: February 18, 2020
The newly developed Leeds Index of Platform Labour Protest provides an overview of the developments in platform worker organisation and mobilisation on a global scale. Its findings so far reveal that:
- The main cause globally for labour protest is pay, with considerable geographical variation when it comes to other causes for dispute.
- Types of platform labour protest appear to vary more substantially between regions than between industries.
- Mainstream unions play a vital role in defending platform workers’ interests, especially in western Europe, while in the global South, protests are much more likely to be led by grassroots unions.
- Mainstream unions rely more frequently on legal challenges, while unofficial unions rely more frequently on strike actions.
Keywords: digital economy; sharing economy; crowd work; workers rights; trade union; labour dispute
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