Labour Geographies of the Platform Economy: Understanding Collective Organizing Strategies in the Context of Digitally Mediated Work – International Labour Review – article

Labour Geographies of the Platform Economy: Understanding Collective Organizing Strategies in the Context of Digitally Mediated Work

Hannah Johnston | International Labour Review

2019-11-03

The paper examines the geographies of collective labour struggle in the platform economy. It distinguishes between place‐based work and crowdwork in order to examine the unique spatial features associated with these different types of platform work and to explore the divergent collective organizing strategies developed by these two groups of workers. Drawing on three examples of social dialogue including works councils, collective bargaining and multiparty agreements, the paper attends to why different types of platform workers gravitate to particular collective organizing strategies, analyzes the regulatory frameworks within which their collective struggles are bound, and assesses the propensity for these expressions of solidarity to improve the terms and conditions of platform work.

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