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Title: False Self-Employment, Autonomy and Regulating for Decent Work: Improving Working Conditions in the UK Stripping Industry
Authors: Cruz, Katie
Hardy, Kate
Sanders, Teela
First Published: 1-Sep-2016
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2016, 55 (2)
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1111/bjir.12201
ISSN: 0007-1080
eISSN: 1467-8543
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, Wiley. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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