Essential jobs, remote work and digital surveillance: Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic panopticon

An unprecedented COVID-19-induced explosion in digital surveillance has reconfigured power relationships in professional settings. This article critically concentrates on the interplay between technology-enabled intrusive monitoring and the augmentation of managerial …

The metaverse is a labour issue

“In mid-January, the news that Microsoft was investing almost $70 billion in the ‘metaverse’ hit the headlines. Yet it was only the latest in a series of such massive investments. Technology companies …

Platform work in Europe: Lessons learned, legal developments and challenges ahead

Several years since first emerging in Europe, platform work continues to represent a ‘social dilemma’ for workers, social partners, policymakers and society as a whole. As a result of intense …

Platform work in Europe: Lessons learned, legal developments and challenges ahead

“Several years since first emerging in Europe, platform work continues to represent a ‘social dilemma’ for workers, social partners, policymakers and society as a whole. As a result of intense …

A fascinating chapter in the “gig” saga. How to deliver decent work to platform workers in Italy?

This paper has been prepared for the Peer Review on “Platform Work” within the framework of the Mutual Learning Programme. It provides a comparative assessment of the policy example of …

Are We Managers or Corporals?

“On May 29, breaking news hit the front pages of the Italian major newspapers. According to these sources, the Milan Tribunal had placed Uber Eats Italy under special administration over alleged gangmastering offences. The …

Regulation and the future of work: The employment relationship as an innovation facilitator

Digital transformation and the reorganization of the firm have given rise to new forms of work that diverge significantly from the standard employment relationship. Advocates of digital disruption suggest that …

Delivering employment rights to platform workers

On January 24, the Italian Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione) found in favour of some food-delivery riders litigating against their platform. The Court decided to apply a 2015 legislation that …

Dispatch No. 13 – Italy – “‘With great power comes virtual freedom’: A Review of the First Italian Case Holding that (Food-delivery) Platform Workers are not Employees

While platform work is on the rise at a global level, attracting intense media attention and provoking considerable discussion among social partners, academics, and international organizations[[1]], there are only a …

FUNDAMENTAL LABOUR RIGHTS, PLATFORM WORK AND HUMAN-RIGHTS PROTECTION OF NONSTANDARD WORKERS

The spread of non-standard forms of employment in industrialised and developing countries over the last decades has prompted an extensive debate on how to reshape labour regulation to accommodate these …

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