Digit researchers’ findings on labour protests during the pandemic published by ILO

25 November 2022

A new report documenting protests by key workers against their working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, written by Digit researchers, has been published by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The report, Labour protests during the pandemic: The case of hospital and retail workers in 90 countries, was written by Digit researchers Vera Trappmann, Charles Umney, Denis Neumann, Mark Stuart, Simon Joyce & Ioulia Bessa.  It is based on findings from their ongoing project, the Leeds Index of Platform Labour Protest, part-funded by Digit.

The report offers the first global dataset of labour protests of key workers in 90 countries during the pandemic. It focusses on two sectors, healthcare and retail. The results show that, overall, despite large volumes of protest over acute COVID-related problems such as the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the main concern of protesting workers during the pandemic was their pay.

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