About Srujana Katta

Srujana is a Researcher at Fairwork. She holds an MSc Social Science of the Internet from the Oxford Internet Institute and an MPhil Development Studies from the Oxford Department of International Development. Her background in ICT4D, and she is interested in researching the intersections between gig work, migration and practices of resistance.

Call for Paper Proposals: Migration, migrant work(ers) and the gig economy

The study of platform-mediated gig work has granted insufficient critical attention to questions of migration and migrant labour. Mark Graham, Niels van Doorn, Fabian Ferrari, and Srujana Katta are putting together a theme issue of Environment and Planning A to address that gap.

One set of questions that contributors to the theme issue may address concerns the structural role of migrant labour in sustaining the gig economy. Without a steady influx of migrants, platform companies like Uber, Ola, Helpling, Rappi, and Deliveroo would have trouble maintaining their labour supply in almost any […]

By |2020-06-09T15:43:51+01:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

First round of Fairwork’s yearly platform ratings in Germany launched

The Fairwork Germany 2020 report (English; German) highlights how platforms in Germany fare in the working conditions they provide to their workers. This research is particularly timely in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, which has brought the risks faced by front-line platform workers into sharp relief.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the contradictions of the platform economy. On the one hand, it is highlighting the important role that many platform workers play in bringing essential goods and services to those who […]

By |2020-05-21T07:33:52+01:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog|2 Comments

Fairwork Releases Report on Platform Responses to Covid-19

The report analyses the policies of major gig economy platforms in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. The pandemic has brought into sharp relief the precarious nature of gig work, and the risks that gig workers on the frontlines of the global crisis face daily. 

The estimated 50 million gig workers worldwide have been particularly hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Reports indicate half have lost their jobs; those still working have lost two-thirds of their income on average; and many face the impossible choice between destitution and infection, as summed […]

By |2020-06-15T18:21:04+01:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|3 Comments

Second round of Fairwork’s yearly platform ratings in South Africa launched!

The Fairwork South Africa 2020 report highlights the precarious nature of work in the South African gig economy. This research is particularly timely in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, which has brought the risks faced by front-line gig workers into sharp relief.

The uncertainty that has gripped the world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will especially impact the most vulnerable groups in our society. That includes those in casual or insecure employment, who face two possibilities: a (likely untenable) loss in income if they choose or are […]

By |2020-04-01T17:12:03+01:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorised|1 Comment

Uber and Deliveroo’s ‘Charter of good work’ is nothing but fairwashing

By Kelle Howson, Srujana Katta, Funda Ustek-Spilda and Mark Graham

Every week seems to witness a new tragedy in the gig economy. Gig workers are injured and killed without the platforms that they work for acknowledging or shouldering any responsibility. Many workers take on these risks for below the minimum wage. 

It is therefore noteworthy that the CEOs of Uber, Deliveroo and four other large platforms have come together to “strengthen workers’ rights” with a ‘Charter of principles for good platform work’ that they published at the […]

By |2020-04-29T13:30:56+01:00February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Article|0 Comments

Fairwork’s Scorecard for the UK 2019 General Election is out: See how each party would support gig workers

Election Scorecard

This election, know where the parties stand on the struggles facing an estimated 2.8 million gig workers in the UK.

Gig work, from ridesharing, delivery driving, cleaning and caring, to online freelancing, seems to be the future of work. It offers workers better flexibility and more independence.

But that flexibility has come at a price. Managers push risk onto gig workers, who are not given the rights and protections of regular employees – like pensions, sick leave, and holiday pay.

Many gig workers are classified as self-employed. But they still depend […]

By |2019-12-16T11:14:09+00:00December 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog|1 Comment

The Fairwork Project expands to Germany and UK

We’re excited to announce the start of a new phase of the Fairwork Project, where we’ll apply our rating system to assess digital labour platforms in Germany and the UK.

With the generous support of the European Research Council (ERC), the Fairwork Project is expanding its focus to Germany and the UK.

In March 2019, we released our first round of platform ratings, where we applied our five principles of fair work in the platform economy – fair work, fair conditions, fair contracts, fair management, and fair representation – to assess working conditions at major digital platforms […]

By |2019-11-19T10:35:33+00:00November 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorised|0 Comments

Fairwork Foundation’s First Annual Report Released!

We’re delighted to announce the release of our first major report, The Five Pillars of Fairwork. This report is the culmination of many months of fieldwork, background research, and stimulating engagement with a variety of stakeholders, from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), policy makers and trade unions, to platform workers and owners in Bangalore, Cape Town and Johannesburg. In it, we take a deep dive into the work we did this past year, showcase our findings, and present our plans for the future. 

What’s the report about?

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By |2019-10-16T22:58:13+01:00October 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog|2 Comments