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New forms of platform employment
(Foundation for European Progressive Studies, 2016-08-01)
Logged labour: : a new paradigm of work organisation?
This essay argues that, during the period following the financial crisis of 2007-8, several different trends, already visible in earlier periods, have converged to create a new pattern of work organisation, a pattern which ...
Labor in the global digital economy : The Cybertariat Comes of Age
(Monthly Review Press, 2014-11)
For every person who reads this text on the printed page, many more will read it on a computer screen or mobile device. It’s a situation that we increasingly take for granted in our digital era, and while it is indicative ...
The containment of labour in accelerated global supply chains : the case of Piraeus Port
This article presents a case study of the sale of two of the three piers at the formerly state-owned container port of Piraeus, in Greece to a Chinese company, COSCO, formng a crucial hub in the transit of goods to European ...
Less than zero : Ursula Huws on when capitalism quit caring for workers
The Cold War’s end and the internet’s rise freed employers to go global, leaving workers worldwide wobbling, says Ursula Huws
Working online, living offline : labour in the Internet Age
This paper begins by tracing changes in employment patterns since the middle of the 20th Century, arguing that the mid 2000s marked the beginning of a fourth distinctive phase, the earlier ones having begun, respectively, ...
Bridges and barriers : globalisation and the mobility of work and workers
This article starts by discussing the global division of labour. To what extent can its spatial patterns be explained by simple economic logic and to what extent is it shaped by specific features of national and local ...
Crisis as Capitalist Opportunity : new accumulation through public service commodification
This essay argues that 2008 marked a turning point for international capital, with the financial crisis providing an unprecedented opportunity to embark on a new phase of accumulation based, not on what might be called ...
Expression and expropriation : the dialectics of autonomy and control in creative labour
Creative labour occupies a highly contradictory position in modern, global, ‘knowledge-based’ economies. On the one hand, companies have to balance their insatiable need for a stream of innovative ideas with the equally ...