Chapter 7 How place and space matter to union organizing in the platform economy
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New forms of work organization associated with platform labour challenge the notion of the traditional workplace, the employment relationship and the given institutional setting of a nation state. Such conventional spatial and institutional 'containers', where work traditionally takes place, are clearly losing importance in the platform economy. In particular, online platform labour seems to be 'placeless', which is not actually the case because the work takes place somewhere, its spatial distribution is not arbitrary and employment is influenced by local and national conditions. Location-based platform work, on the other hand, is not fully limited to the local scale not least because many platforms are multinational corporations. While place and space still matter the platform economy clearly has an impact on labour relations by, among other things, altering spatial structures.

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