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Faculty of Law | University of the Western Cape

Research Portal

Faculty of Law | University of the Western Cape

CENTRE FOR THE TRANSFORMATIVE REGULATION OF WORK (CENTROW)

Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Domestic Workers in Nigeria: Some Highlights

Domestic workers tend to have extremely long and unstructured hours, low wages, little or no access to social protection, lack of labour law protection, among others. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these pre-existing decent work deficits in the domestic work sector, particularly in developing countries.

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Towards democratic decision making by harnessing advances in technology

This blog describes emerging technological systems that may challenge current forms of political participation, with an eye on its transformative nature.

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Youth unemployment: Can the problem become the solution?

Policies for solving youth unemployment in South Africa have certainly not shown teeth. True, the rate dropped during the pre-Zuma boom years from an all-time peak of 59.95% in 2003 to 44.83% in 2008, then rose steadily to 53.62% in 2017 (when Zuma was ousted). However, by 2019 – the last year before the pandemic – it had risen further to 55.97%.

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Are we ready for platform co-ops in South Africa?

What will a business look like if the platform workers seen everywhere delivering goods and food, operating taxis and delivering domestic services via a digital commercial "platforms" own the platform itself?

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Regulating for globalisation : Platform work and the employment relationship - a global overview

The writer maps out how regulators and courts have responded to to platform work.

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Capacitating practitioners – the Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Law

The PGDip programme seeks to maintain an appropriate balance between legal theory and practical skills. It is directly aligned with academic standards of the University and the Department of Higher Education. Comprising four modules, the content is continuously updated in terms of amendments to labour legislation as well as case law.

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The CENTROW website - Promoting the sharing of knowledge and co-operation

How the CENTROW website can be used as a one-stop shop for sharing knowledge and promoting co-operation.

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Looking for appropriate tech solutions is like 'Finding Nemo'

In harnessing existing technologies to further the principle of “dignity of work”, the Digital Platform Co-operative Project believes that the technologies we engage must be fit for purpose in respect of creating access to opportunity, capacity building of domestic workers in their own futures, and providing a suitable technology platform for enabling redistribution of valued assets.

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(Re-)Thinking collective ownership and platforms

As the world continues to be digitised, and more and more work is organised through online platforms, domestic services have not been untouched. Various platforms offer such services on a commercial (for-profit) basis. The Digital Platform Co-operative Project (DPCP), created by the Social Law Project (SLP) in the Centre for Transformative Regulation of Work (CENTROW).

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Labour Law Online - Making legal information more accessible

LLoL is one of the projects of the Centre for the Transformative Regulation of Work (CENTROW) It is one of South Africa’s first digital legal decision-making tools, which came about as a result of cooperation between Arbeidsmarktresearch Uva B.V. (ARR), a unit at the University of Amsterdam, and the university. This interactive programme provides expert information on labour law. It seek

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Digital work: Do we need to reinvent the wheel?

In this piece, the writer speaks about the evolution of digital work and how initiatives such as Fairwork seeks to contribute to the fair regulation of this type of work

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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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