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Publication is the heart and soul of scholarly research. This section highlights work that members of CENTROW at UWC Faculty of Law are publishing in area of labour law 4.0. Many of the publications are in peer-reviewed journals or chapters in edited volumes; others are books, project reports or media articles. All reflect the breadth and depth of our social and intellectual engagement. 

We share this growing collection of publication links, abstracts, excerpts and, where possible, full-text documents, for the benefit of scholars, researchers, jurists, practitioners, students, activists, policy-makers and -shapers, and the general public.

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Featured publication: Your Boss is an Algorithm. Artificial Intelligence, Platform Work and Labour

Books and chapters

Aliosi, Antonio; Stefano, De Valerio (14 July 2022). Your Boss Is an Algorithm . Artificial Intelligence, Platform Work and Labour

What effect do robots, algorithms, and online platforms have on the world of work? Using case studies and examples from across the EU, the UK, and the US, this book provides a compass to navigate this technological transformation as well as the regulatory options available, and proposes a new map for the era of radical digital advancements. From platform work to the gig-economy and the impact of artificial intelligence, algorithmic management, and digital surveillance on workplaces, technology has overwhelming consequences for everyone's lives, reshaping the labour market and straining social institutions. Contrary to preliminary analyses forecasting the threat of human work obsolescence, the book demonstrates that digital tools are more likely to replace managerial roles and intensify organisational processes in workplaces, rather than opening the way for mass job displacement. Can flexibility and protection be reconciled so that legal frameworks uphold innovation? How can we address the pervasive power of AI-enabled monitoring? How likely is it that the gig-economy model will emerge as a new organisational paradigm across sectors? And what can social partners and political players do to adopt effective regulation? Technology is never neutral. It can and must be governed, to ensure that progress favours the many. Digital transformation can be an essential ally, from the warehouse to the office, but it must be tested in terms of social and political sustainability, not only through the lenses of economic convenience. Your Boss Is an Algorithm offers a guide to explore these new scenarios, their promises, and perils.

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Featured publication: Recognition of the right to strike (terms and conditions apply)

Books and chapters

Du Toit, Darcy (2016). ‘Recognition of the right to strike (terms and conditions apply)’. In Roger Blanpain & Frank Hendrickx (eds) and Darcy du Toit (Guest editor) Labour Law and Social Progress: Holding the line or shifting boundaries? Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations 92. Kluwer Law International

Labour Law and Social Progress: Holding the Line or Shifting the Boundaries? is a collection of incisive essays that focus on the emerging global paradigm shift in labour and employment relations. For forty years the international watchword has been deregulation of labour law and of social security. Now, however, the rise in unemployment and lack of employment security, the dizzying inequality gulf, and the environmental disasters and mass migrations caused by this deregulation are generating an impetus that defines social justice no longer merely in terms of the equitable distribution of resources but also? and often primarily? in terms of the just recognition of persons. This book recognizes that the growing interdependence among people demands that labour rights are understood as an aspect of human rights, and thus envisaged at international level. This volume of BCLR is based on a selection of papers presented at the 21st World Congress of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law in Cape Town in 2015.

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'Affirmative action' or 'positive action' in the employment context

[LLRN] Call for papers: International Conference "Law, Technology and Labour"

An investigation into how non-standard and informal workers can address their vulnerability

Building BRICS for Growth?

Code of Good Practice for the Regulation of Platform Work in South Africa

Decolonising Labour Law: A Conversation with Professor Adelle Blackett

Do cooperatives offer a basis for worker organisation in the domestic sector

Freedom of association, majoritarianism, and the rights of minority unions

From 'platform capitalism' towards a 'sharing economy'

International Labour Organization Future of Work Initiative: South Africa

Labour Law through the Cases

Labour Relations Law: A Comprehensive Guide


Meeting the NDP's Labour Market Objectives: A Critical Review

Platform work and social justice

Prof Weiss - Publications

Prof. A Blackett - Publications

Protection against unfair discrimination: Cleaning up the Act?

Recognition of the right to strike (terms and conditions apply)

Regulating the informal economy: Unpacking the oxymoron

SA’s ‘trade union corset’: A response to William Saunderson-Meyer

Should precarious work be the focus of labour law?

South Africa

The extension of Bargaining Council Agreements

The necessary evolution of strike law

The New Labour Bills: An overview and analysis

The right to equality versus employer 'control' and employee 'subordination'

The right to strike in South Africa

Towards fairness in the 'sharing economy'

Towards Legal Regulation of Platform Work: Theory and Practice

Unfair Discrimination in the Workplace

Your Boss is an Algorithm. Artificial Intelligence, Platform Work and Labour