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Collective Voice and Organizing in Digital Labour Platforms in Portugal

In: Journal of Labor and Society
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Nuno Boavida Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Nova fcsh, cics.nova, Avenida de Berna, 26-C, 1069-061 Lisbon, Portugal

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Isabel Roque Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Colégio de S. Jerónimo, Largo D. Dinis Apartado 3087, 3000-995 Coimbra, Portugal

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António Brandão Moniz Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Nova fcsh, cics.nova, Avenida de Berna, 26-C, 1069-061 Lisbon, Portugal

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Abstract

The use of digital platforms for managing work grew considerably in Portugal, especially in the aftermath of the Great Recession. This new form of digital and platform work intensified the use of an on-demand workforce, not involved in the bargaining process, subject to indecent working conditions, social control and surveillance and the possibility of accessing social benefits, creating new obstacles for organising. Between 2019 and 2021, semi-structured interviews with workers, activists involved in associations and social movements, trade unionists and key informers were conducted. Also desk research involved five case-studies in Portugal, as part of a European research project. Results allowed to establish a typification of digital platform workers and to analyse collective action and voice in the country.

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