Labour Unionism In The Age Of The ‘Gig’ Economy

It has been a fledgling, tiny non-TUC union that has been setting the pace in standing up to this new form of labour market exploitation. Before the Deliveroo strike hit the headlines last month, the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) had quietly been winning higher and fairer payments at a series of courier companies in London, whether that be Mach1, eCourier or City Sprint, through a series of flashmob actions and social media campaigns. The union was set up as a split from the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) or ‘Wobblies’ in 2012.

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