Our Uber Driver Victory Goes Straight To Heart Of The Gig Economy Epidemic

More often than not, the companies behind service apps refuse to recognise their role and responsibilities as employers of their workers. They prefer to think of themselves as the facilitators of work rather than employers. For the workers that means no holiday pay, no maternity or paternity rights, no guaranteed minimum wage. It’s zero hours contracts on speed, but not a new issue in and of itself. It’s an age old problem of employers finding loopholes to drive down wages, terms and conditions while keeping their profit margins healthy. Instead of workers turning up to the docks or factory gates to find out if there is work, they now sit by the phone and wait for jobs to come in. It’s old style exploitation but in the 21st century it’s exerted by algorithms and mobile phones.

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