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+00:00October 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

We’re hiring. Work with us to pilot Fairwork UK and Fairwork Germany.

Researcher in Social Science
Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford
Grade 7: £32,236 – £39,609 p.a.

We are looking for someone to join our team of researchers from around the world. The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to work with the Fairwork Foundation. This position provides an exciting opportunity to work with our team to co-develop standards of fair work and apply them to digital platforms in Germany and the UK.

Applicants will have a relevant postgraduate degree in sociology, geography, anthropology, economics, development studies, communications, law, social policy, or related […]

By |2019-09-24T09:00:31+00:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Uncategorised|0 Comments

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+00:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

New Scores for South Africa Released!

Tens of  millions of people across the world now find work through digital platforms. From Brazil and India, to South Africa and the United States, platform workers are organising, taking action, and demanding the establishment of robust regulations across this rapidly developing sector.

Analysing the first set of Fairwork scores, which were published on the 25th March, it is striking how across the platforms in both India and South Africa, similar issues emerged. While food delivery platform workers in Bangalore and Johannesburg clearly work in different geographies, similar […]

By |2019-08-28T12:37:42+00:00June 6th, 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+00:00May 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+00:00May 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+00:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|0 Comments