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Uber and Lyft drivers protest their working conditions in Los Angeles in May 2019. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

Worker-protection laws aren’t ready for an automated future

If your job doesn't currently involve automation or artificial intelligence in some way, it likely will soon. Computer-based worker surveillance and performance analysis will come, too.
Collective bargaining isn’t enough to revive labor unions. Reuters/Rebecca Cook

How organized labor can reverse decades of decline

Unions should move their focus away from traditional collective bargaining and instead embrace new ways to attract new members, such as by offering discounted benefits and engaging in more advocacy.
Uber has sparked protests around the world. It is seen as exploiting its own drivers and harming those employed in regulated taxi industries. Justin Lane/AAP

Uber drivers’ experience highlights the dead-end job prospects facing more Australian workers

Many Uber drivers do their job because the alternatives are worse. It's an unhappy work choice faced by an increasing number of Australians.
Uber drivers protest outside of the New York Stock Exchange. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Uber drivers strike and the future of labor: 4 essential reads

The Uber driver walkout raises questions about how workers can fight for better pay and benefits in the age of the gig economy – a topic frequently on the minds of Conversation scholars.
The delivery riders consider that the correction of possible errors is part of their missions, even if they are not remunerated for these additional tasks. Massimo Parisi / Shutterstock

Work in the ‘gig economy’: one-night stand or a meaningful relationship?

The tensions between platforms and their workers can be better understood by studying the mutual expectations of both parties.
Foodora was struggling in Australia even before regulators took an interest in its cost-minimisation measures. ArliftAtoz2205 / Shutterstock.com

Redefining workers in the platform economy: lessons from the Foodora bunfight

It is the Australian Tax Office, not the Fair Work Commission, making the big waves with the Foodora case and the future of the gig economy.

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