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Regulatory Need for Platform Workers : An Industrial Relations Stakeholder Analysis

Hanebrink, Alina (2019) Regulatory Need for Platform Workers : An Industrial Relations Stakeholder Analysis.

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Abstract:The development of employment structures and forms in the fourth industrial revolution changes working environments significantly. One of these new types of work is platform work. The current classification of platform workers as self-employed and their regulatory need is a popular topic in German media and political debate. Based on the insider-outsider concept this thesis provides an industrial relations stakeholder analysis of preferences and positions of German industrial relations actors. This paper first identifies key stakeholders, before analyzing the diverse positions on (1) classification in employment forms, (2) regulatory need and (3) implementation method. A qualitative research approach included five semi-structured interviews. Results indicate that actor’s positions generally correspond to assumptions from the insider-outsider concept. Agreement of most actors exist in the need of improved social security for self-employed. Further agreement can be found in the wish for more efficient enforcement of already existing German labour law in the assessment of employment forms in the case of labour platforms. Disagreement exists on the implementation of a minimum wage for platform workers and the classification of platform workers as employees. Based on findings from theory and analysis recommendations for future research in the field of labour platforms are made.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:83 economics, 85 business administration, organizational science, 86 law, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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