International Journal of Labour Research

Trade union responses to organizing workers on digital labour platforms: A six-country study

This paper examines the changing dynamics of the employment relationship in the digital economy and its implications for the continuous adaptation of freedom of association and protection of the workers’ right to organize in the AsiaPacific region. The analysis is informed by interviews with trade unions in six focus countries, selected to represent different legal jurisdictions and demographics. As all of the trade unions interviewed worked mostly with workers on digital labour platforms, and in particular delivery- and travel-related platforms, the paper focuses on how trade unions are overcoming the challenges created in organizing and protecting these workers.