Gig Economy Around The World

GIG ECONOMY AROUND THE WORLD

EVENT RECAP

23 October 2020

 

How does the experience of platform workers compare among Argentina, the Netherlands and India? How many gig workers rely on multiple applications to generate full-time income? What is the median monthly wage on different platforms and across countries? 

During our interactive virtual event, organised on Zoom, we shared unique insights on the questions above based on survey results of a large-scale ongoing WageIndicator study on platform workers.

The event was meant to engage policy makers, labor organizers, academics and activists, in order to discuss the working conditions of platform workers in six different countries around the world: Argentina, India, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and United Kingdom. 

During the event we presented the survey results and generated a broader debate on the topic in order to compare and critically assess the gig economy across different geographic regions. Local regulations, best practices and intentions of various actors (e.g. trade unions, workers) to improve the working conditions of gig workers were discussed as well.

Please visit WageIndicator web page for updated and relevant information from Platform Workers: Decent Rights & Pay research. 

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Program Outline

Welcome by Paulien Osse, Wageindicator Foundation Director
Keynote speech – Klaus Zimmermann, Economist and Emeritus professor of Economics at Bonn University. President Global Labor Organization.
WageIndicator Platform Workers – Decent Rights & Pay. Exclusive insights from a pioneering large scale study on gig workers. Comparison of income and labour law regulations in six different countries. Not widely known positive innovations in the gig economy. Workers voices around the globe. Prof. Dr Evert Verhulp (Professor of Labour Law at the University of Amsterdam ) comments.
Panel “Gig Economy perspectives and reactions from around the world”

Panelists

Janine Berg

ECONOMIST IN THE INCLUSIVE LABOUR MARKETS AT INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION

Rupa Korde

Assistant Professor of Economics at Flame University

Jan Drahokoupil

SENIOR RESEARCHER AT EUROPEAN TRADE INSTITUTE

César Buenadicha

HEAD OF THE DISCOVERY UNIT AT THE INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Five parallel breakout rooms – “Platform Workers: Decent Rights & Pay around the world”

Each room hosted local debates in the local language. The debate exposed the point of views of trade union members, platform workers collectives, startup founders, academics and public policy experts.

  1. Platform Workers: Decent Rights & Pay in The Netherlands with Amrit Sewgobind, Rachel Rietveld and Roos Wouters moderated by Niels Peuchen
  2. Platform Workers: Decent Rights & Pay in India with Zothan Mawii, Ms. Salonie Muralidhara Hiriyur and Bhaskar Pant moderated by Rupa Korde
  3. Platform Workers: Decent Rights & Pay in South Africa with Dr Salome Teuteberg, Jacques Ntambwe and Kashiefa Achmat moderated by Karen Rutter
  4. Platform Workers: Decent Rights & Pay in Spain with Carlos del Barrio,Louise Marlière and Hector Merino moderated by Albert Cañigueral
  5. Platform Workers: Decent Rights & Pay in Argentina with Elina Beatriz Escudero, Juan Manuel Ottaviano, Maximiliano Martínez moderated by Mariana Robin

Breakout rooms debates debrief
Closing/ End of the event

VIDEOS

Professor Evert Verhulp on Policy Challenges in the Platform Economy

Prof. Klaus Zimmermann – The Gig Economy Around the World

Panel discussion on the gig economy around the world

Gig Economy in Illustrations

Testimonials

Impressive keynote, excellent panel, inspiring questions from the international audience! Greetings and congratulations from CELSI Bratislava!

Prof. Martin Kahanec, Central European Labour Studies Institute

Many thanks for all the data and information. Happy to continue discussion on the issue and especially on the cooperative developments and trade unions roles.

Isabella BIletta, Eurofound

Thank you to everyone who presented. Many very interesting perspectives!

Debra Weddall , Ride Share Drivers Network Australia

Thanks a lot for this inspiring event!

Prof. Stephanie Steinmetz , University of Lausanne

Thank you for this conference. Very interesting

Pablo Agüera Reneses, Fairwork Foundation

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