A Draft Adrift: What next for the UN treaty?

“The Eighth Session of the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (OEIGWG), scheduled for 25-29 October, is already off to a rough start. …

Launch of the 2022 edition of International Journal of Labour Research – “Trade Union Revitalization: Organizing new forms of work including platform workers”

The ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) will organize a high-level launch of the International Journal of Labour Research on 26th September 2022 at 13:30 (CET-Geneva time). “Trade Union Revitalisation: …

September 26, 2022

Decent work in the platform economy

The growth in the platform economy and platform work represents an opportunity for job creation and more flexible organization of production processes, but also a challenge in terms of fair …

It’s time to build a global arbitration system to defend workers’ rights

“Many consumers are appalled to learn that the products they buy are produced by exploited workers, and have demanded action from companies and governments; the result has been a growing …

A chain is as strong as its weakest link: Strategies for international supply chain legislation to include homeworkers

This publication – A chain is as strong as its weakest link: Strategies for international supply chain legislation to include homeworkers – describes the steps taken to engage in a regional strategy for …

Safety at work: a trojan horse for new monitoring technologies?

“In Stanley Kubrick’s masterful film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the supercomputer HAL 9000 (heuristically programmed algorithmic computer) uses artificial intelligence to detect emotion and suffering, and controls all of a …

Social Contracts and Informal Workers in the Global South

“Social Contracts and Informal Workers in the Global South draws on the accounts of informal workers, who represent over 60 per cent of the global workforce, to advocate for radically …

The Boss Will See You Now

It may be tempting to see the Amazon surveillance as purely a warehouse problem, and surveillance-driven variable pay as purely a gig problem, but employers face no legal limit to …

The EU Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Platform Work: an overview.

“This article discusses the proposal for the EU Directive on Platform Work. While welcoming the proposal advanced by the Commission, it highlights some of its shortcomings and suggests more robust …

De-gigging the labour market? An analysis of the ‘algorithmic management’ provisions in the proposed Platform Work Directive

Workers are increasingly being managed by technologies. Before spreading to larger segments of the labour market, algorithmic management systems were a signature feature of platform work. The exercise of power …

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