Precarious Work
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Precarious Work

The Challenge for Labour Law in Europe

Edited by Jeff Kenner, Izabela Florczak and Marta Otto

This discerning book provides a wide-ranging comparative analysis of the legal and social policy challenges posed by the spread of different forms of precarious work in Europe, with various social models in force and a growing ‘gig economy’ workforce. It not only considers the theoretical foundations of the concept of precarious work, but also offers invaluable insight into the potential methods of addressing this phenomenon through labour regulation and case law at EU and national level.
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Chapter 2: Precariat: next stage of development or economic predominance in a new scene?

Barbara Godlewska-Bujok and Andrzej Patulski

Abstract

This chapter discusses issues related to the phenomenon of the precariat, its nature and their consequences for the labour market, also pointing to its institutional sources. The authors ask whether the precariat is a new stage of development of the labour market or is rather a new form of economic predominance that is creating a culture of harm for the worker. In the theory of conflict within employment relations, the element of subordination is potentially harmful in terms of health and economics, as well as institutionally. Harmful characteristics of the precariat include labour market segmentation, structural domination by employers and weak social dialogue. Each of these elements is analysed in the chapter from a theoretical perspective.

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