Does it pay to work? Unpaid labour in the platform economy

Valeria Pulignano, Agnieszka Piasna, Markieta Domecka, Karol Muszyński, Lander Vermeerbergen

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Unpaid labour should be recognised as a systemic feature of platform work, inherent in its current model of work organisation. Its prevalence and magnitude render it a pressing regulatory issue. Introducing minimum standards regarding working time and wages is a key step towards limiting unpaid labour and establishing fairer working conditions. Limiting unpaid labour requires recognition of the subordinate status of large segments of workers, improvements in employment stability and a floor of contractually guaranteed working hours. Platform work within the framework of hourly-paid employment is less frequently linked to unpaid work than piece-rate and self-employment models. But without predictability of hours, hourly-paid employment can also lead to unpaid labour.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherETUI Policy Brief
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2021

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