Bringing precarity home: digitized piece work and the fiction of flexibility

“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a global transition to digital mediation of work. For some, this has meant work previously done at office desks can now be performed remotely. However …

The Intersectionality of Climate Change and Labor

“At the conclusion of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) this November, the 1.5-degrees Celsius goal remained hanging by a thread, propped up by the bold carbon commitments of smaller …

THE CONTESTED BOUNDARIES OF JUST TRANSITIONS LAW

“In 2014, I was invited to join a research project funded by the Canadian government now known as Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change (ACW). As the only …

Gig contractor or employee? Delivery drivers seek rights worldwide.

They’ve been everywhere. From Los Angeles and London to São Paulo and Moscow, on their bikes and motorcycles, in sweltering heat or bone-chilling cold, they’ve been the skeleton key that …

Managed by Bots

This report details how despite recent gains in the courts in various jurisdictions, the fundamental problems of precarity in the gig economy remain. Even where worker rights have been asserted, …

The Gig Economy’s Days in Europe Are Numbered

Court cases and a new draft law from the European Commission are chipping away at the controversial industry. What comes next may look very different. WHEN FORMER UBER driver Yaseen Aslam …

DOMESTIC WORK IS WORK: Using ILO Convention 189 to Protect Workers’ Rights Across the Commonwealth

“The COVID-19 pandemic shook the job security of millions of domestic workers and put them at greater risk of abuse, exploitation and trafficking.3 Meanwhile, the pandemic marked an intense period …

MIGRANT WORKERS’ ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR WAGE THEFT: A global study of promising initiatives

“Systemic wage theft has long been part of the labour migration landscape in every region of the world. During COVID-19, egregious underpayment of migrant workers was even more widespread as …

Los trabajadores informales necesitan algo más que reconocimiento legal

Durante la pandemia del COVID-19, los gobiernos latinoamericanos tomaron la medida sin precedentes de incluir a los trabajadores informales en una legislación de ayuda de emergencia. Los trabajadores informales representan …

Changing fashion’s buying practices: What’s to come for brands

Calls to rewrite the terms of buying contracts, a key hurdle to a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry according to advocates, are building as the lens on fashion’s performance …

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