Uber and the "gig" economy

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Uber and the "gig" economy

And yet even as Uber talks up its determination to treat drivers more humanely, it is engaged in an extraordinary behind-the-scenes experiment in behavioral science to manipulate them in the service of its corporate growth — an effort whose dimensions became evident in interviews with several dozen current and former Uber officials, drivers and social scientists,




A new study from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), finds that the “gig” economy model popularized by Uber has a lot in common with the economies of poor countries today, as well as the US and Europe before the Industrial Revolution.



progressive17 progressive17's picture

I worked as a "commission" courier for a company which shall remain nameless in Toronto, Ontario. If I was lucky I would gross $400 a week for a 14-hour day including commute time. I had to use my own car, which got a lot of damage in the process. I had to pay a lot of money at Canadian Tire to get it fixed, on my time off of course. Oh, of course and $40 worth of gas every day. Not only that, but you are violating your car insurance contract.

It is the worst job you can get. In the ad, it said I could make an "easy" $800 a week. Pure lies. Bosses who don't pay their workers a fixed legal wage are scum.

You can thank Mike Harris for abolishing the Ontario Labour Board.


In a ruling with potentially sweeping consequences for the so-called gig economy, the California Supreme Court on Monday made it much more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees.

The decision could eventually require companies like Uber, many of which are based in California, to follow minimum-wage and overtime laws and to pay workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance and payroll taxes, potentially upending their business models.


laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Good to hear about this ruling. I definitely agree that it's a trend that promotes employment insecurity and unfair remuneration for workers. Maybe it's cool for someone who is only topping up their income from other sources and enjoys the work but it's a completely different story for people trying to earn a living.