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European Economic, Employment and Social Policy

A global struggle: worker protest in the platform economy

Simon Joyce, Denis Neumann, Vera Trappmann and Charles Umney

Publication date : 2020

Number of pages : 6

Author(s) :

Simon Joyce, Denis Neumann, Vera Trappmann and Charles Umney

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.

Simon Joyce is a research fellow at the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre, Denis Neumann is a researcher at the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC), and Vera Trappmann and Charles Umney are both associate professors in employment relations, all at Leeds University Business School.

Collection: 2/2020
ETUI aisbl, Brussels, ISSN 2031-8782

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