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Uber, Informal Work and the Expert Working Group on Discrimination Against Women

Frances Raday 29th November 2016

The decision of the London Employment Tribunal that Uber taxi drivers are employees and not self-employed is of global importance, in the face of the increase in all kinds of informal labour constructs, which include self-employed, casual and seasonal workers, part-time workers, temporary and agency workers, home workers, domestic workers, and unpaid family workers. Informal […]

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Worker Status for App-Drivers: Uber-rated?

Rachel Hunter and Jeremias Prassl 21st November 2016

In what has been heralded as the ‘employment case of the year’, the Central London employment tribunal has ruled that Uber drivers are workers within s.230(3)(b) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, rather than independent contractors as the company has long maintained. The Decision Two themes emerge from the tribunal’s reasoning in Aslam v Uber […]

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Of Railways and Labour Rights: The Untold Story of Pakistan’s Porters

Hiba Thobani 13th June 2016

In the subcontinent, railway stations are identified by their iconic red-uniformed porters – commonly referred to as “coolies” – who rush to greet trains and vie for the chance to carry passengers’ luggage, often balancing the bags on their turbaned heads. Although the picture seems romantic, porters face a myriad of issues in their daily […]

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Brexit and collective labour rights

Tonia Novitz 3rd June 2016

There has been considerable concern expressed regarding the employment rights that British workers would lose by virtue of Brexit. But this is not straightforwardly the case in respect of collective labour rights. Although European Union (EU) directives offer some protection of collective labour rights, national trade union freedoms regarding collective action have arguably been undermined […]

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