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Faculty of Law | University of the Western Cape

Research Portal

Faculty of Law | University of the Western Cape

LABOUR LAW IN THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (LL 4.0)

COVID-19: Worker's rights and the public interest

Sooner or later, all pandemics are brought to an end. But, until then, they can cause huge damage to society, as COVID-19 is showing day by day. And none are more at risk than non-standard or “precarious” workers – casual workers, independent contractors, all those doing jobs without security of employment and benefits, who generally fall outside the protection of labour law.

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Music of the future, or old hat?

If a computer is telling symphony musicians what and when to play, why have a conductor? He or she is only going through the motions while the musicians concentrate on their screens. If this could work with orchestras, what about factories?

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Can a platform be a temporary employment service?

More and more workers obtain work through online platforms such as Uber. Can an online platform that links workers and clients be a temporary employment service (TES, or labour broker) for the purposes of labour law?

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