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The role of labour unions in a platform economy : a case study on Uber

Morris, K.J.C. (2018) The role of labour unions in a platform economy : a case study on Uber.

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Abstract:The purpose of this study is to examine the way labour unions use their tactics to counteract the Human Resource practices of platform economy companies. The platform economy is an upcoming form of employment, thus research addressing the effect that it has on the workers in this economy is limited. On top of this, workers in the platform economy are neither legally classified as employees nor as independent contractors, which means that they are not protected by employment law. To allow for more detailed analysis of HR-practices, the study will focus on a case study on Uber. Contrary to what was thought at the beginning of the study, labour unions do not use their tactics to counteract one specific HR- practice, but rather use their tactics in a process to counteract all problematic HR- practices. Additionally, it found that the practices used by labour unions may be used as substitutes for each other or they may be used in synergy. The findings of this study may be limited by the lack of triangulation due to a low number of interviewees.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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