From the existing work of the Fairwork project as well as broader platform economy scholarship, it is increasingly evident that gig workers around the world experience negative outcomes from new digitally-mediated work relationships, including low pay, damaging conditions, disputes over employment contracts, poor communication and management, and a lack of either individual or collective voice in their work. Much platform work falls outside of traditional employment protections, regulations, or existing collective agreements. This leaves workers engaged in platform work at substantial risk. The Fairwork project aims to ameliorate working conditions by closely engaging with and supporting platforms to improve their policies.
There are now many tens of millions of platform workers around the world. According to a pan-African survey run by Insight2Impact, 1.3% of adult Africans earn income from platforms. Using this level of reach as a guide, the size of the gig economy in Ghana can be estimated to be between 38 thousand to 258 thousand active workers. By engaging with local stakeholders, gig workers and platform managers to produce platform rankings and communicate standards of best practice, this project will aim to improve labour conditions and generate policy for this increasingly significant workforce.
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Fairwork highlights best and worst labour practices in the platform economy. Our goal is to show that better, and fairer, jobs are possible in the platform economy and low pay, precarity, and poor working conditions.
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