In the presentation I would analyse the relations between trade unions and other collective actors representing solo self-employed workers (SSE) in the Netherlands, Italy and Slovakia. I examine how these relations shape the representation of this group of workers in the three countries. Traditionally, SSE workers do not organise themselves around the notion of conflict, at least in its historically determined forms. This implies that they traditionally associate in non-union organisations. One of the reasons is that where attributions of injustice are focused on impersonal forces, such as the market or other external factors, and are not directly attributable to management action, then this can be disabling for union-organising efforts. However, this isolation of SSE embodied by trade unions has recently considerably evolved. For example, European Trade Union Confederation set organising and protecting of SSE workers as one of its priorities at its 2015 Congress in Paris. The strategies of both union and non-union collective actors are not made in isolation, the organisations interact in various forms and to different extent. In this light, the questions how this representation of SSE by trade unions turns into reality and with what consequences for trade unions, SSE and other collective actors emerge.
|Date||11 July 2019|