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Coping with precarity during COVID-19: A study of platform work in Poland

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

This article explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the work and life experiences of platform workers' and how workers have responded to the outbreak in Poland. Platform workers have been exposed to substantial fluctuations of demand during the pandemic, magnifying the distortions existing in an unregulated asymmetrical employment relationship diverging from the standard employment relationship. Findings illustrate how workers have attempted to reduce the disruptions underpinning the existence of this unregulated asymmetrical relationship by adopting different strategies, which resemble Hirschman's typology of loyalty, voice and exit. We explain the choice of strategies by highlighting workers' different access to resources and institutional capabilities, as well as by variation in their orientations.
Journal: International Labour Review
ISSN: 0020-7780
Issue: 3
Volume: 161
Pages: 463 - 485
Publication year:2022