Furloughing and COVID-19: assessing regulatory reform of the state
This article assesses regulatory reform of the state in the context of the move to furloughing in the UK. It establishes that furloughing was a successful response to the COVID-19 crisis, partly because it challenged the traditional UK crisis response of non-state intervention in the labour market. Furloughing prevented [...]
Employers’ responses to the end of free movement: the rhetoric and realities of automation
Chris Forde and colleagues consider whether automation offers a solution to post-Brexit migrant labour shortages as envisaged in some policy discourse.
Furloughing and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the UK: Managers’ experiences and perspectives
We report initial findings from a unique survey of managers on the practice of furlough, their experiences of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), and workplace change during the Covid-19 pandemic. The study draws on an online survey of managers in the UK with responsibility for staffing (HR managers, [...]
Theorising labour unrest and trade unionism in the platform economy
The article develops a novel conceptualisation of labour unrest and trade unionism in the platform economy, extending current understandings in two ways. First, we situate platform work historically, in the longue durée of paid work under capitalism. Secondly, we introduce a consideration of social structure into debates on union [...]
Are bargaining concessions inevitable in recessions? An empirical investigation into union bargaining priorities and trade-offs of pay rises for job security
This paper examines the extent of bargaining concessions in recession through investigating the effects of union bargaining on pay, job security and workforce composition. Drawing on an original survey (n = 400) of workplace level trade union bargaining units in England, the authors employed latent class analysis to establish three [...]
Researchers present at BUIRA conference 2022
Digit researchers discuss their work at the BUIRA Annual Conference
Digit researchers present at 40th International Labour Process Conference
There were more than 15 presentations involving members of the Digit community at the 40th ILPC in Padua.
Three unanswered questions about the EU Directive on gig work
Will the 'theoretical’ protection for platform workers offered by the new EU Directive translate into effective protection in practice?
A Framework for Digital Strategy Work: Exploring Inclusion and Transparency in the Strategy Process
This Innovation Fund project conceptualises emerging changes in the nature of strategy work in organisations related to the use of digital technologies.
From learning walks to online drop-ins: technology and performance management of teachers during the pandemic
As teaching moved online during Covid, performance management moved with it. What impact did this have on teacher wellbeing?