Strip away the sexy marketing and what you have is just another digital platform shifting legal responsibilities and risks.
A Toronto actor and cabaret performer, a precarious employee, poses for a photo in April 2021 at the Elgin theatre.
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As the gig economy and precarious work become more prevalent, there’s a growing need for some form of universal income support to help these workers.
Food delivery couriers congregate in Turin, Italy.
Gig work is entering almost every industry and changing the relationship between workers, employers, service providers and customers. But gig workers face new and unique challenges.
Why have Uber drivers been regarded more favourably than taxi drivers?
Taxi drivers and Uber drivers perform the same work, but Uber’s categorization as a tech company has contributed to the historical stigma against taxi drivers.
Recent layoffs at Bell Media Inc. and Huffington Post Canada have revealed the increasing precarity of journalism work.
A rise in contract and gig work in professional and creative fields is affecting steady employment. Research shows that to maintain a career in these fields, a worker needs to consider family.
Uber drivers of the App Drivers & Couriers Union celebrate as they listen to a British Supreme Court decision that ruled Uber drivers should be classified as workers and not self-employed contractors.
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The British Supreme Court ruling in favour of Uber drivers offers some hope that gig workers, many of them immigrants, might finally be given basic rights. But there’s still lots of work to do.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit freelancers and gig workers hard. Here’s how they can get through the crisis.
Freelancers who have lost work during the COVID-19 crisis can take steps to ensure they have a successful long-term career in the post-pandemic period.
In this August 2020 photo, travellers request an Uber ride at Los Angeles International Airport.
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Proposition 22 keeps workers for app-based companies like Uber and Lyft classified as independent contractors, but it also reveals deeper problems with contemporary labour markets.
Proposition 22 reverses a 2019 state law.
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The debate over how to classify gig workers pits flexibility against the higher incomes and benefits that come with being classified as an employee.
California’s Proposition 22 would reverse a new law that made Uber and Lyft drivers employees.
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Workers say they love the freedom of platforms like Uber and TaskRabbit but find it hard to earn a livable wage. Cooperatives that give worker-owners a voice in how they are run offer a solution.
With the recession exposing more workers to the vagaries of gig work, it’s more urgent than ever to close the legal loopholes that deny workers employment rights.
Samuel Diaz, a delivery worker for Amazon Prime, loads his vehicle with groceries from Whole Foods in Miami.
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Delivery workers and others who ensure most people don’t have to go outside for essential goods are creating what economic theorists call an uncompensated ‘positive externality.’
A delivery rider in Sydney’s deserted Chinatown precinct, March 24 2020.
Food delivery workers are now essential workers. But they’re still not treated as employees.
Uber drivers have fewer labor rights than most full-time employees.
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A scholar of the American safety net explains how, through her own brother, she’s getting a personal window into what it means to face COVID-19 as a worker in the gig economy.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Walmart CEO Doug McMillon at a White House press conference joining government and corporate officials – but no representatives of workers.
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If government and business collaborate with workers, a scholar of labor relations writes, current economic problems could get less severe, the recovery smoother and lasting prosperity more likely.
Uber’s loss of its licence to operate in London signals uberisation is not an unstoppable force. Job insecurity, though, is on the march.
We need to see uberisation in the context of all forms of precarious and insecure work becoming more acceptable.
Work isn’t as stable as it once was.
A growing number of jobs are becoming less stable, with fewer benefits and stagnating wages. This is taking a significant toll on the psychological health of workers.
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.
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The tensions between platforms and their workers can be better understood by studying the mutual expectations of both parties.
Many gig workers are vulnerable to work-related accidents, so what can be done to ensure they are insured for injury and illness?
Many vulnerable workers aren’t covered for work-related injuries and illness. Employment law is largely a federal matter while compensation schemes are state-run, but there’s a way to fix the problem.
The 80% of musicians who freelance or are self-employed need to have an array of transferable skills to make a living.
It isn’t easy, but musicians build ‘portfolio careers’ by being adaptable, multiskilled and willing to learn, so they can pursue creative work that they believe in.