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DEBATE: As Uber drivers strike, is the gig economy bad news for workers?

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09.05.2019

With Uber drivers striking over pay and conditions, is the gig economy bad news for workers?


Dalia Gebrial, researcher on the gig economy and workers’ rights at the London School of Economics, says YES.

The gig economy is currently rigged against workers. Platforms like Uber hide behind their status as tech firms, rather than employers, to create a worst-of-both-worlds labour model.

Drivers are considered “self-employed” when being denied basic rights like sick pay and a minimum wage, yet treated like employees when it comes to discipline, dismissal,........

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