One small step towards decent work for Uber workers

In Uber v Aslam,  decided in December 2018, the UK Court of Appeal has held that Uber drivers are ‘workers’ for the purposes of the national minimum wage and paid holidays. This constitutes a small step towards the goal of decent work for Uber drivers in London, and it is to be hoped that the Supreme Court will uphold the decision. However, in an article published in the Industrial Law Journal on 21 May 2019, FairWork co-investigators Sandra Fredman and Darcy du Toit point out that the decision underscores yet again the fragility of using the […]

By |2019-06-12T12:40:29+01:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

A Living Wage for South African Platform Workers

A fair level of pay for platform workers means going beyond a minimum wage to see those workers paid a living wage.  But what is a living wage; what justifies its payment; and – as a guide to Fairwork’s activity in South Africa – what level should it be set at?

What is a Living Wage?

A living wage is remuneration sufficient for a basic but decent standard of living for a worker and his/her family.  “Elements of a decent standard of living include food, water, housing, education, health care, transport, clothing, and other essential needs, including provision for unexpected […]

By |2019-05-30T12:04:11+01:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Fairwork paper shortlisted for the best paper award at the Weizenbaum Institute’s annual conference

A paper on the Fairwork project was one of three papers shortlisted for the best paper award at the German Internet Institute (the Weizenbaum Institute’s) annual conference – held in May 2019 in Berlin, Germany. This paper, was authored by Mark Graham, Richard Heeks, Jamie Woodcock, Sandy Fredman, Darcy du Toit, Jean-Paul van Belle, Paul Mungai and Abigail Osiki. You can download it at the link below:

Graham, M, Woodcock, J., Heeks, R., Fredman, S., du Toit, D., van Belle, J-P., Mungai, P., Osiki, A. 2019. The Fairwork Foundation: Strategies for […]

By |2019-05-26T13:29:41+01:00May 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Mindeststandards für faire Plattformarbeit

Zum diesjährigen Tag der Arbeit hat Katarina Barley, Bundesjustizministerin und SPD-Spitzenkandidatin im Europawahlkampf, die Einführung einer EU-Richtline für faire Plattformarbeit gefordert. Dafür brauche es “verbindliche Mindeststandards für die Vergütung, und für den Arbeits- und Gesundheitsschutz”. Außerdem müssten geltende Mitbestimmungsregeln eingehalten werden, um die Entstehung eines „digitalen Prekariats“ zu verhindern, so Barley. Jedoch ließ die Ministerin offen, wie diese Mindeststandards in der Praxis aussehen könnten und wie genau Plattformen sanktioniert werden können, wenn sie diese Regeln nicht einhalten.

Genau hier setzt die „Fairwork Foundation” an. Nach erfolgreichen Pilotstudien in Südafrika und Indien dehnen wir das Projekt nun auf […]

By |2019-05-03T11:42:30+01:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments