Seminar: Decent Work for Platform Workers – establishing standards and advancing economic alternatives.

  • 22 March 2019 - 02:30
  • Capetown, SouthAfrica

The Department of Mercantile and Labour Law at University of the Western Cape has established a niche area, labour law in the 4th industrial revolution (LL 4.0), under the auspices of Professors Darcy Du Toit and Paul Benjamin.

We invite you to a seminar on

Topic: Decent Work for Platform Workers – establishing standards and advancing economic alternatives.


Prof Sandra Fredman

(Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the United States)

Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford and author of Comparative Human Rights (OUP, 2019). She is also a co-investigator with the Fairwork in the Platform Economy in the Global South research project, seeking to develop a Code of Practice and a ‘Fairwork Foundation’, establishing how policy and practice around platform work can establish benchmarks for worker’s rights. The project is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.


Prof Trebor Scholz

(Open Society Foundation Fellow and Rutgers SMLR Faculty Associate)

Scholar-activist and Associate Professor for Culture & Media at The New School in New York City. His book Uber-Worked and Underpaid. How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy (Polity, 2016) develops an analysis of the challenges posed by digital labour and introduces the concept of platform cooperativism as a way of joining two proven models: digital platforms and the cooperative social, cultural, and economic model.


Date: Friday, 22 March 2019

Time: 10h30 – 13h00

Venue: Kader Asmal Moot Court, Law Faculty- University of the Western Cape

RSVP: Ms Bernice Welgemoed

Email: . / Tel: (021) 959 2419

Please RSVP before 20 March 2019



This seminar provides an opportunity for social justice activists, academics, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, policy-makers and stakeholders to engage in the discussion on the standards which should be adopted in determining acceptable conditions for workers who are excluded from the protection of existing labour legislation.

We very much hope you will be able to join us.


  • Start Date:22 March 2019
  • Start Time:02:30
  • End Date:22 March 2019
  • End Time:02:00
  • Location:Capetown, SouthAfrica