The platform economy is growing – the number of online offers is rising and so is, in the case of delivery, the number of riders on the roads. The pandemic has further increased the demand for online services among the well-situated, leading platforms to further expand their business.
Meanwhile, many workers who have lost their formal jobs now seek to work in the platform economy. In most cases, these workers find themselves in bogus or disguised self-employment with bad working conditions. The platforms, while acting as the real employers on many levels deny their responsibility and have not been regulated to ensure workers‘ protection.
With this session, we aim to present and discuss strategies of transport workers and trade unions in Argentina, Indonesia, Korea, Belgium, the Netherlands and Uganda that challenge the digital platform companies. You will hear about new approaches and learn what power resources they have made use of to organize and fight for workers’ rights.
The event will be translated simultaneously in English/Spanish/Portuguese/French. To join us for the discussion please register here.
Moderators: Melisa Serrano, GLU/University of the Philippines and Victoria Basualdo, CONICET-Area of Economics and Technology, FLACSO
We look forward to welcoming you! Live-Stream
«Trade Unions in Transformation 4.0» is a FES-initiated project that aims to understand workers’ agency in digital capitalism. This project examines how trade unions and new organizations of workers build workers’ power to confront and shape the emerging new world of work in which capital uses digital technology to re-organize the production process and increasingly imposes ultra-flexible, precarious work models. FES aims to contribute to workers’ and trade unions’ reflections and strategies and offers cooperation for union transformation.
Subsequent sessions will explore how workers and unions shape transformations in industry, how tech workers start to become an exciting player in the labour movement, how transport workers resist the restructuring of their sector by platforms and what new tools and apps unions develop to increase their power in the digital economy.