Fairwork Asia Network Online Talk Series 2021

Fairwork Asia Network Online Talk Series 2021 – From Flexible labour to “Sticky labour”: Riders in China’s Food-delivery Platform

24 February 2021

12:30-2:00pm Hong Kong time (UTC +08:00)


Analysing interview and survey data on food delivery workers in China between 2018-19, we have identified a trend of de-flexiblisation, contrary to the claimed affordance of flexibility in platform-mediated work. This is achieved through intertwined labour management tactics, technological engineering and the cultural normative of platform-dependent employment, cultivating what we refer to as “sticky labour”.


Sun Ping (Assistant Professor, Institute of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)