Quotation Kullmann-Klocke, Miriam, Iossa, Andrea. 2020. Subordination in Solidarity? The Labour Law of Workers’ Cooperatives. Regulating for Globalization Trade, Labor and EU Law Perspectives Regulating for Globalization, 23.03.20




It cannot be disputed that labour law has served and still serves as the institution that protects the dependent workforce. Yet labour law has also served the purpose to codify the authority of the employers over their employees while, in return, recognising them the entitlement to certain rights they can invoke against the employer itself. As flexible forms of work are on the rise, whereas many businesses strategically classify the ‘recent entrants’, ie platform workers, mostly as independent workers, the discussion on whether or not this concerns ‘bogus self-employment’ looms large. The debate in labour law scholarship fostered by the questions posed by what is alternatively defined as ‘platform capitalism’ and ‘gig economy’ revolves around the dichotomy between the statuses of ‘employed’ and ‘self-employed’. Starting from the observation that those forms of employment pushes labour law out of focus, new perspectives can be envisioned. Assuming that labour law, in principle, has not lost its value to give rights and disperse obligations, there is reason to explore the possibilities of envisioning a labour law that would be supportive of more democratic and egalitarian forms of organising production. This can be achieved by addressing the issues of workers’ cooperatives and what labour law regulation they need.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Magazine/newspaper article
Language English
Title Subordination in Solidarity? The Labour Law of Workers’ Cooperatives
Title of journal Regulating for Globalization Trade, Labor and EU Law Perspectives Regulating for Globalization
Year 2020
Date March 23, 2020
URL http://regulatingforglobalization.com/2020/03/23/subordination-in-solidarity-the-labour-law-of-workers-cooperatives/?doing_wp_cron=1584952685.2619569301605224609375


Kullmann-Klocke, Miriam (Former researcher)
Iossa, Andrea (Lund University, Sweden)
Institute for Austrian and European Labor Law and Social Security Law (Marhold) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5112 European law (Details)
5203 Labour law (Details)
5224 Comparative law (Details)
5226 Social law (Details)
5247 Human rights (also: protection of - ) (Details)
5252 Basic and Human rights (Details)
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