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False Self-Employment, Autonomy and Regulating for Decent Work: Improving Working Conditions in the UK Stripping Industry

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posted on 25.04.2018, 14:12 by Katie Cruz, Kate Hardy, Teela Sanders
A large‐scale study of working conditions in UK‐based strip dancing clubs reveals that dancers are against de facto self‐employment as it is defined and practised by management, but in favour of de jure self‐employment that ensures sufficient levels of autonomy and control in the workplace. While dancers could potentially seek ‘worker’ or ‘employee’ status within the existing legal framework, their strong identification with the label ‘self‐employed’ and their desire for autonomy will likely inhibit these labour rights claims. We propose an alternative avenue for improving dancers’ working conditions, whereby self‐employed dancers articulate their grievances as a demand for decent work, pursued through licensing agreements between clubs and local authorities and facilitated by collective organization.

Funding

[The article] is based on theESRC-funded study ‘The Regulatory Dance: Investigating the Structural Integration of Sexual Consumption into the Night Time Economy’ (RES-000-22-3163)

History

Citation

British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2016, 55 (2)

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Criminology

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

British Journal of Industrial Relations

Publisher

Wiley

issn

0007-1080

eissn

1467-8543

Acceptance date

04/06/2016

Copyright date

2016

Available date

01/09/2018

Publisher version

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/bjir.12201

Notes

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Language

en