COVID-19 has closed high streets and disrupted sales, and retailers have been looking for ways forward beyond traditional discount events.
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.
Under municipal control, or through public-private partnerships, platforms technology could transform service delivery to citizens.
Handing management to algorithms creates 'black-box bosses" whose decision-making is hard to understand or question.
The earned income tax credit lifts around 6 million of the working poor out of poverty every year, but with the economy hammered by COVID-19, many might not get the benefit they need.
Policy makers and arts sectors together need to reimagine how we might organize contracts, leverage networks and change supports to create more long-term opportunities for arts workers in Canada.
The COVID-19 crisis has raised major questions about the viability of the economic, business and employment models that corporate and industry lobbyists are arguing for a return to.
Significant numbers of key workers barely make the minimum wage.
During California's deadliest wildfire season, 2,000 prison inmates fought the flames on USD$1 a day.
As more and more Americans are laid off, employers have to consider the cost of letting their staff go.
Food delivery workers are now essential workers. But they're still not treated as employees.
We believe a basic income should be a right, but it should be underpinned by a principle of reciprocity - people must contribute to society in return.
An Ontario labour board decision to allow Foodora workers to unionize appears to have set an important precedent. But unionizing workers in the gig economy will continue to be an uphill battle.
Research reveals a complicated relationship between surveillance and freedom, as surveillance activities allow for greater autonomy for women hoping to work in Jordan.
We need to see uberisation in the context of all forms of precarious and insecure work becoming more acceptable.
The effect is the transfer of wealth away from the poorest workers.
An upcoming study on workers in the gig economy suggests the future of work may be a lonely and uncertain one for many workers.
Uber Works is the next step in the evolution of the gig economy.
Flexibility is just a euphemism for exploitation.