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Self-Organization Among Delivery Platforms Workers in Neoliberal Latin American Countries. The Cases of Peru and Chile

In: Journal of Labor and Society
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Karol Morales Muñoz University Research Institute for Sustainable Social Development, Universidad de Cádiz, Avenida de la Universidad 4, 11406 Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, Corresponding author, e-mail: karol.morales.m@gmail.com

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Alejandra Dinegro Martinez Department of Sociology, National University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru, alejandradinegro1@gmail.com

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Abstract

Recently in Latin America, numerous mobilizations of workers against the precariousness of work in delivery platforms have been developed. In this study, we argue that consolidation into strong organizations for defending platform workers’ interests is strongly related to the socio-political and institutional contexts they are involved in. Drawn upon the understanding of solidarity among workers as a phenomenon rooted in the labor process, as well as the relevance of socio-political and institutional context for the organizing processes among precarious workers, this study addresses the cases of self-organization of platforms deliverers in Chile and Peru. Based on ethnographic research, the results show common characteristics of workers’ self-organization, which are related to similar labor processes in delivery platforms. In addition, results shed light on the relevance of the socio-political and institutional context in providing resources for the consolidation of grassroots organizations, especially after platform counter-actions.

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