The crunch for platforms will come when labour market conditions improve and workers have more alternatives.
Today's manifestations of the gig economy are tilted in favour of too few beneficiaries, and are not built to last.
Gig workers saw their work as flexible but also with its risks.
A study shows the reality of gig worker experiences is far more nuanced than enjoying flexible work or being exploited.
With no guarantee of work or pay, is the stress of flexible work contracts affecting the health of workers?
Will these changes really raise wages?
The business models of the gig economy often stand in the way of implementing minimum wages or conditions.
A universal basic income would enable people to embrace the gig economy and give them greater leverage in the jobs they choose.
Workers who feel they aren’t represented may look for another outlet to express their views. Protests in France demonstrate how violent these outlets can become.
A decline in union membership has left a void to be filled by a more chaotic movement - alt-unionism.
Cafes might have hosted work for centuries but are they the best place for gig workers to do their thing?
When it comes to gig workers, research says it's better to work with others and in the same place everytime.
Gig workers are more vulnerable when it comes to legal protection of their rights.
Gig workers need to be aware of their contract terms and band together in order to maintain their working rights and pay.
Labour force surveys and the Census just aren’t getting it right when it comes to the crucial task of measuring employment.
The ABS' labour force survey is more than 50 years old. We need a new way of measuring employment for a new modes of work.
The Collective Old Oak co-living block in London has more than 500 apartments with bedrooms and bathrooms. All other spaces are shared.
While some forms of co-living seek to match modern lifestyles and a desire to downsize, other profit-driven models simply exploit a lack of affordable housing alternatives.
Under the NDIS there are risks for the carers people with a disability employ.
The roll out of the NDIS means disability service providers and the people they employ are exposed to more market forces and this could result in protection for workers.
Deliveroo couriers scored a win this week after strike action helped them get their old pay rate back.
The Deliveroo strike shows even gig workers can find ways to push back if they feel they are being underpaid.
At the moment there is official classification for gig work, like the type uber drivers do.
Workers in the gig economy have to deal with labour insecurity but they also take on more risk by using their own money to buy the tools they need to work.
The Productivity Commission report is not a comprehensive plan of what government should do about digital disruption.
A Productivity Commission report on digital disruption argues that government's should stop creating barriers to innovation but it fails to provide solutions on privacy and ownership of data.
Neoliberal policies have given way to resentment toward immigrants in Germany and other European countries.
Why are populist candidates all the rage this year in the race for the White House? Recent research from Harvard and BU links it to the market economy and a similar trend in Europe.
Uber drives some people crazy.
The deal, in which drivers won't pursue their claim to be employees in exchange for the cash and other changes, raises more questions than it answers.
Uber drivers gather outside Uber San Diego to protest against a 30% driver fee cut.
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Australians are used to casual work, but there's not yet any evidence the gig economy is taking off.