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Contingent Workers’ Voice in Southern Europe

Collective Experiences of Protection and Representation

9781802205565 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Sofía Pérez de Guzmán, Professor of Sociology of Work, Marcela Iglesias-Onofrio, Professor of Sociology, Department of General Economy, Universidad de Cádiz, Spain and Ivana Pais, Professor of Economic Sociology, Department of Sociology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
Publication Date: January 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 556 5 Extent: c 248 pp
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Contingent Workers’ Voice in Southern Europe investigates the manifold challenges posed by the continued expansion of the platform economy, the rise of non-standard forms of employment, and the diversification of work identities.

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Contingent Workers’ Voice in Southern Europe investigates the manifold challenges posed by the continued expansion of the platform economy, the rise of non-standard forms of employment, and the diversification of work identities.

Leading authors explore the potentialities and barriers for collective protection and representation of contingent workers in the platform economy, based on the experiences, needs, and aspirations of workers in Italy and Spain. Chapters undertake in-depth analyses of a diverse and innovative variety of initiatives for the protection, organization, and representation of contingent workers that have developed in recent years. The book ultimately constructs a framework to interpret the evolution of contingent workers’ experiences, allowing trade unions, social movements, and cooperatives to develop organizational and representative practices that better respond to their needs.

This incisive book will be of interest to researchers and advanced students of sociology, international relations, political science, and labour law. Its practical insights will also enable trade unionists, activists, and policymakers in the field of labour relations to make informed decisions and identify possible avenues for development.
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‘Contingent Workers’ Voice in Southern Europe presents new insights into the growing world of contingent work, which is particularly significant in southern Europe. A must read for everybody looking for inspiring cases of collective representation of platform workers and freelancers as well as conceptual tools for analyzing new forms of representation and social dialogue among contingent workers.’
– Anna Ilsøe, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

‘Extremely impressive and highly recommendable, this book contributes to the understanding of the South-European countries’ model of work and employment, in the context of rising contingent work and problematic collective representation for atypical workers. The new aspirations and needs of Italian and Spanish contingent workers are explored together with the innovative forms of collective action.’
– Vassil Kirov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Contributors
Contributors include: Davide Arcidiacono, Lucía del Moral-Espín, Marcela Iglesias-Onofrio, Cecilia Manzo, Anna Mori, Ivana Pais, Sofía Pérez de Guzmán, Anna Soru, Ester Ulloa-Unanue
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