Authors: Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Niaros
Published on: March 2017 in ETUI Policy Brief
Why did we select this policy brief?
This policy brief addresses the challenges and opportunities caused by the emergence of peer production (including commons-based peer production as well as platforms such as Uber or AirBnB) for the labour movement and workers in this evolving econom. This is a vital subject for policy makers as this emergence is accompanied by many negative social and environmental externalities and important potential advantages, such as a greater opportunity to choose meaningful and autonomous work, as well as other ecological benefits.
- It is vital that the labour movement and trade unions demand strong regulatory safeguards.
- Positive responses that have been emerging include the creation of generative entrepreneurial coalitions, platform cooperatives and labour mutuals.
- This policy brief recommends approaches that support a new cohort of autonomous workers and consider them as an integral part of the existing labour and union movements.
- A productive model that combines global open design communities with distributed manufacturing should be explored as a potential framework for local re-industrialisation and the creation of a substantial amount of blue-collar jobs.
Bauwens, M., & Niaros, V. (2017). The Emergence of Peer Production: Challenges and Opportunities for Labour and Unions. Retrieved from: http://www.p2plab.gr/en/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Labour-and-Unions.pdf