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The gig economy is here to stay. Now let’s humanise it | John Naughton

The US didn’t have just one election on 3 November. All kinds of other public offices were up for election too. And in California, electors had an additional choice to make: whether to approve Proposition 22, a referendum on whether ride-hail and delivery companies (think outfits such as Uber, Lyft, Deliveroo) should get an exemption…
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November 7, 2020 0

I am a New York food courier. Right now, it’s worse than you think

Things were looking up for Blake Volkan. The 33-year-old Turkish Russian immigrant had been delivering food on a bicycle in New York for five years, earning as little as $3.90 a trip on platforms like Caviar and Grubhub. Last year, he got married, quit delivery, and earned a handyman’s certification before landing a subcontracting job…
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April 3, 2020 0

Coronavirus UK: unions warn over lack of sick pay for gig economy workers

The government has been accused of failing to grasp the threat of gig economy workers spreading coronavirus, after a minister advised those with no sick pay who have to self-isolate to claim benefits instead. Downing Street is under huge pressure from trade unions and Labour to promise statutory sick pay to all workers when it…
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March 3, 2020 0

Delivery disaster: the hidden environmental cost of your online shopping

There’s still something magical about the idea of browsing a world of goods online, choosing what you want and having it delivered to your door, sometimes within hours. You may give a fleeting thought to the environmental impact when you are drowning in excess packaging (nearly a third of solid waste in the US comes…
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February 17, 2020 0

Gig economy traps workers in precarious existence, says report

Far from providing flexible jobs for complex modern lives, gig economy companies, such as Uber and Deliveroo, increasingly trap workers in a precarious existence where they need to devote ever-more time to the platform in order to remain financially stable, a new report argues. Based on research and collaboration with a group of gig workers,…
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January 29, 2020 0

The gig economy: stop making burnout a lifestyle

A decade ago a ride-hailing service called UberCab launched in Silicon Valley. Since then the rebranded Uber has burned through $10bn. It has never made a profit. The business model relies on shareholders to subsidise cheap rides so that the company can squeeze out rivals and establish a monopoly. Uber’s success is that 90 million…
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December 30, 2019 0