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California’s Proposition 22 would reverse a new law that made Uber and Lyft drivers employees. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Gig worker employment fights like those in California pit flexibility against a livable wage – but ‘platform cooperatives’ could ensure workers get both

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.
Samuel Diaz, a delivery worker for Amazon Prime, loads his vehicle with groceries from Whole Foods in Miami. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus

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.'
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. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Workers left out of government and business response to the coronavirus

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. Will Oliver/EPA

Uber might not take over the world, but it is still normalising job insecurity

We need to see uberisation in the context of all forms of precarious and insecure work becoming more acceptable.
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.
The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges that food-delivery platform Foodora underpaid three workers. Shutterstock

Why gig workers may be worse off after the Fair Work Ombudsman’s action against Foodora

That the Fair Work Ombudsman brought a case against Foodora suggests its workers are most likely to be classified as employees. This could dissuade other platforms from offering similar benefits.

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