A Global Struggle: Worker Protest in the Platform Economy

6 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2020

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Simon Joyce

University of Leeds - Faculty of Business

Denis Neumann

Free University of Berlin (FUB)

Vera Trappmann

University of Leeds - Work and Employment Relations

Charles Umney

University of Leeds - Faculty of Business

Date Written: February 18, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Joyce, Simon and Neumann, Denis and Trappmann, Vera and Umney, Charles, A Global Struggle: Worker Protest in the Platform Economy (February 18, 2020). ETUI Research Paper - Policy Brief 2/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3540104 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3540104

Simon Joyce (Contact Author)

University of Leeds - Faculty of Business

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Denis Neumann

Free University of Berlin (FUB) ( email )

Van't-Hoff-Str. 8
Berlin, Berlin 14195
Germany

Vera Trappmann

University of Leeds - Work and Employment Relations ( email )

Leeds
United Kingdom

Charles Umney

University of Leeds - Faculty of Business ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

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