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 6: Precarity of new forms of employment under Swedish labour law

Annamaria Westregård


The precarious employment types growing most rapidly in Sweden are on-call with zero hour contracts, umbrella organizations and crowdwork in the gig economy. In the Swedish binary system, those in precarious work often fall between the regulations for employees and those for the self-employed. Both the legislator and the social partners in Sweden work with these problems in the field of employee protection and social security to improve the conditions for precarious workers. The aim of the chapter is to analyse the consequences of the legal system for precarious workers. The focus is on working protection for self-employed and short fixed term employees in the labour legislation and collective agreements and the impact of the Swedish attempt to improve conditions for precarious workers within the Swedish model, where the collective agreement is the most important regulatory instrument of wages and working conditions.

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