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 12: Digital Work - Real Bargaining. How to Ensure Sustainability of Social Dialogue in Digital Era?

Joanna Unterschütz


Digital workers are connected by common interests regarding establishing remuneration or work conditions, including health and safety, but trade unions often find it challenging to organise them, so they seek other avenues to make their voice heard. As yet, traditional collective agreements do not seem accessible for digital workers either, especially when it comes to identifying the employer. Instead other forms of agreements, including soft law instruments, can be applied. Organising legal strikes may also be problematic in some countries. The aim of the chapter is to briefly present platform work and work on demand via apps and to highlight the challenges for this group of workers to benefit from collective rights. Given variety on national regulations, ILO standards may be a sound legal basis to build a system of collective bargaining.

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