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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.
Changing the legal definition of employee is not enough to ensure the protection of gig workers into the future. AAP / Joel Carrett

How to stop workers being exploited in the gig economy

The crucial question is not whether gig workers are employees or independent contractors, but what rights they ought to have as contractors.
New York City will establish a minimum wage and a cap on the number of ridesharing drivers. PETER BOYLE/AAP

People power is finally making the gig economy fairer

This could be the start of a new era where regulation of the gig economy allows for the right balance between flexibility and sustainability.

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