publication . Research . 2018

Outsmarting the gig-economy through collective bargaining - EU competition law as a barrier?

Schiek, Dagmar; Gideon, Andrea;
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  • Published: 18 Feb 2018
  • Publisher: CETLS Working Paper Series
  • Country: Bangladesh
Abstract
In August 2016, drivers delivering meals in London after being booked via the platforms ‘Deliveroo’ and ‘UberEATS’ made headlines by challenging working practices in the gig-economy through collective industrial action. Dissatisfaction resulted from extremely low levels of pay as well as a new payment calculation system being introduced without consultation. This indicates that the ‘gig-economy’ may not always constitute the smartest solution for those serving within it. However, it also highlights that collective industrial action is far from structurally impossible for workers in the ‘gig-economy’, even though management of labour relies on anonymous and autom...
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