There are now over seven million digital platform workers that live all over the world, doing work that is outsourced via platforms or apps. Lacking the ability to collectively bargain, platform workers have little ability to negotiate wages and working conditions with their employers.
The Fairwork Foundation is a project that is working to set and measure standards in the platform economy. We collaborate with workers, trade unions, platforms, and policy makers to develop core principles of fair work. We then undertake research to evaluate whether platforms meet those standards.
We seek to closely work with platforms that have an interest in certification. And through social dialogue and shared expertise, we aim to significantly contribute to the welfare and job quality of platform workers and bring a fairer world of platform work into being.
The FairWork Foundation Aims:
To create a certification scheme, to attest where core labour standards are being adhered to in the platform economy.
To reduce the information asymmetry between workers, firms and consumers – so that end-users have the ability to make informed, ethical choices about the digital products they buy.
To improve the working conditions of people employed in the digital gig economy, and encourage firms to monitor and improve their production networks.
The Project Team
This project will draw on the expertise and experience of staff at the Oxford Internet Institute and Universities of Cape Town, Manchester, Oxford and the Western Cape on work practices and working conditions in digital labour platforms. Project staff will further refine criteria for fair digital work under development in collaboration with stakeholders and researchers at organisations with expertise on work and working conditions.