Organising precarious workers : Trade union and cooperative strategies

A report for the TUC from Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative College

Patrick Conaty, Alex Bird, Cilla Ross, January 2018

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Summary :

The world of work is changing in dramatic ways. The three main types of insecure work, casual, zero‐hours and self‐employment, are all on the increase.

Ongoing labour market deregulation, the impact of information technology and the new gig economy means income, hours, days or even work locations can no longer be guaranteed as employment rights are eroded. More and more workers are becoming socially isolated. This and flexible working raises barriers for organising the rapidly growing precarious workforce.

Our aim in this report is to explore how trade unions and co‐operatives can work together to challenge precarity and secure decent work.

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