Publications

2021

  1. ILO Working paper 27

    Platform work and the employment relationship

    31 March 2021

    This working paper analyses national and supranational case law and legislation about the employment status of platform workers. It does so by referring to the ILO Employment Relationship Recommendation, 2006 (No. 198). It finds that this Recommendation provides for a valuable compass to navigate the issues that emerge from the analysis of the existing case law and legislation about platform work.

  2. ILO Working paper 25

    Homeworking in the Philippines: Bad job ? Good job ?

    09 March 2021

    This report focuses on two categories of homeworkers in the Philippines: industrial homeworkers, who assemble or fabricate goods for factories, retailers or their agents under subcontracting arrangements; and online workers, who render services to their clients or employers via telecommunications technologies and digital platforms.

  3. ILO Working paper 24

    Online digital labour platforms in China: Working conditions, policy issues and prospects

    02 February 2021

    This paper summarizes the results of an ILO survey, conducted in 2019, of workers’ characteristics and working conditions on three major digital labour platforms in China.

  4. ILO Working paper 22

    Home-based work and homework in Ghana: An exploration

    22 January 2021

    This research report explores the nature and character of home-based work and the more narrow concept of homework in Ghana.

  5. Publication

    Working from home: From invisibility to decent work

    13 January 2021

    With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many in the world’s workforce have shifted to homeworking, thereby joining the hundreds of millions of workers who have already been working from home for decades.

2020

  1. ILO Working paper 21

    Home bounded - Global outreach: Home-based workers in Turkey

    18 December 2020

    This report focuses on industrial home-based pieceworkers and IT-enabled remote workers, who are commonly referred to in Turkey as “freelancers”.

  2. ILO Working Paper 4

    The regulation of collective dismissals: Economic rationale and legal practice

    19 May 2020

    This paper offers a legal and an economic analysis of collective dismissals procedures.

  3. Guidelines

    Rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on enterprises and workers in the informal economy in developing and emerging countries

    30 April 2020

    Identifying the needs and priorities of the groups in the informal economy that are the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 crisis is essential to develop adequate policy responses. These guidelines provide a step by step approach to get this knowledge quickly by using methods of collecting information remotely, without interpersonal contact.

  4. Transition to formality

    Transition to Formality and Structural Transformation: Challenges and Policy options

    17 March 2020

    The book examines “new forms of informality” in developed and developing countries, and how our policies can be improved to respond to new evolving realities.

  5. A compendium of practice

    Interactions between Workers’ Organizations and Workers in the Informal Economy: A Compendium of Practice

    30 January 2020

    A compilation of concrete examples, drawn from around the world, showing how trade unions have sought to reach out to workers in the informal economy to reduce the decent work deficits they face and support their transition to formality.

2019

  1. Publication

    Telework in the 21st century: An evolutionary perspective

    15 November 2019

    A new conceptual framework explaining the evolution of telework over four decades.

  2. Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 106

    Regulatory options for conflicts of law and jurisdictional issues in the on-demand economy

    08 July 2019

    Provides a global framework for thinking about the on-demand business model and assorted conflicts of law and jurisdictional issues.

  3. Publication

    Guide to developing balanced working time arrangements

    28 May 2019

    A practical guide or “how to” manual on working time arrangements - also known as “work schedules”.

  4. Report

    Working conditions in a global perspective

    06 May 2019

    This report provides a comparative analysis of job quality covering approximately 1.2 billion of the world’s workers in the EU28, China, the Republic of Korea, Turkey, the United States (US), Spanish-speaking Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama), Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

  5. Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 104

    Overtime work: A review of literature and initial empirical analysis

    18 January 2019

    An inter-disciplinary overview on how overtime issues are addressed by different academic disciplines. Examines the incidence of overtime work within the context of several distinct national employment regimes and industrial relations systems.

2018

  1. Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 105

    An analysis of multiparty bargaining models for global supply chains

    20 December 2018

    Reviews one approach for realizing the goal of improving labour standards at the lower rungs of supply chains that has to date received relatively little scholarly attention: substantive, enforceable agreements between lead firms and unions or worker-based organizations.

  2. Publication

    Work on Digital Labour Platforms in Ukraine: Issues and Policy Perspectives

    27 July 2018

    The surveys focused specifically on working conditions of online platform workers in Ukraine, and show that digital labour platforms have transformed the modes of work and changed how work is viewed by both businesses and workers.

  3. Book

    Collective Agreements: Extending Labour Protection

    04 July 2018

    This volume examines the extension of collective agreements and its use as a policy tool to expand the coverage of labour protection, and shore up collective bargaining.

  4. Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 97

    Multi-employer collective bargaining in South Africa

    12 June 2018

    In South Africa, collective bargaining operates at multiple levels. The main distinction to draw is between single-employer bargaining and multi-employer bargaining.

  5. Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 103

    On-call work in the Netherlands: trends, impact, and policy solutions

    23 April 2018

    Flexible work has steadily increased in the Dutch labour market and on-call employment represents the fastest growing group. Although on-call work is both the largest and the least institutionally regulated form of flexible employment, little is known on its developments and impacts.