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Raluca Dimitriu: Labour and Its New Contours


Abstract: The doctrine has been trying for decades to separate labour relations from other types of legal relations, with the purpose of identifying the object of Labour Law. Through the present study, we take a step forward, trying to identify a definition of labour itself. Similar to the universe we live in, the digital environment is also expanding, and „labour” tends to dissipate in the hundreds of activities we carry out every day, without any firm barrier between what is and what is not labour in itself. Moreover, sometimes, considering an activity as „not labour” can be a subtle form of exploitation. It is no longer necessary for the beneficiary of work to underpay or not to pay at all the person who is working; it is not necessary for the beneficiary of work to disguise the employment contract in another legal figure; it is sufficient to persuade the worker that, in fact, what she does in not work at all. I will attempt to explain this alteration, contouring at the same time several criteria for the identification of work.

Keywords: worker; labour law; digitization; the history of work


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