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Online digital labour platforms in China working conditions, policy issues and prospects

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  • Chen, Yiu Por,

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Digital labour platforms have been proliferating in China since 2005, making China one of the world’s largest platforms economies. This article summarizes the results of an ILO survey, conducted in 2019, of workers’ characteristics and working conditions on three major digital labour platforms. Using the survey data generated, this paper provides first-hand information on worker demographics, motivations, and experiences. This paper also compares the findings between the Chinese platforms and dominant Western platforms, the object of previous ILO studies. The paper concludes with a discussion about the need for institutional reforms and suggests some possible avenues for implementing policies to improve working conditions.

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  • Chen, Yiu Por,, 2021. "Online digital labour platforms in China working conditions, policy issues and prospects," ILO Working Papers 995111092302676, International Labour Organization.
  • Handle: RePEc:ilo:ilowps:995111092302676
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    future of work; EDP personnel; electronic network; technological change; working conditions;
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