“The idea of the self-empowered Uber driver or Airbnb host is a rarity if not an outright myth.”

The gig economy is creating the kind of horrible job conditions last faced by our great-grandparents


Tue, Apr 23rd, 2019 10:54 by capnasty NEWS

In The Outline, Pete Tosiello interviews Dr. Alexandrea Ravenelle, author of “Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy”, in which she argues that unlike Silicon Valley's glossy rethoric, the gig economy exploits workers and puts them in unsafe conditions.

In misclassifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees, Ravenelle writes, sharing economy platforms rob workers of bargaining power and force them into dangerous, even criminal, circumstances. Per Hustle and Gig, the casualization of labor makes for a regression to pre-New Deal workplace predation, with laborers treated as expendable and replaceable. In an interview with The Outline, Ravenelle spoke about the implications of her research, why the sharing economy remains poorly regulated, and the enduring stigma of gig work.



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