Uber’s Sensible Solution for Drivers Concerned About Coronavirus: Just Don’t Work, Duh

As the coronavirus outbreak rages on, an increasing number of tech giants have begun adopting additional safety measures to minimise their employees’ exposure, such as restricting travel or cancelling prescheduled events. In that vein, Uber pushed out a memo to its global network of drivers Friday with some tips on how to stay healthy while contracting for the ridesharing app. Read More >>

Report: Rev Asked Workers to Transcribe Audio Involving Sexual Assault, Child Abuse Without Warning

Rev, the $1-a-minute (78p) audio transcription gig economy platform that’s been in the news lately for slashing payouts to contractors and an ensuing backlash, had its transcribers listen to content “relating to sex and child abuse without prior warning”, Business Insider reported on Friday. Read More >>

Why Uber Drivers Are Striking Around the World Today

We’re just days out from Uber making its multibillion-dollar move to the New York Stock Exchange and thousands of drivers from around the world are launching a series of strikes protests today in an effort to fight for better pay and better treatment. Read More >>

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Sorry, Deliveroo Drivers: No Group Negotiation For You, Says High Court

Working out the finer legal points of the gig economy has been a key pastime for the UK legal system over the last couple of years, and it's just upheld a previous ruling that Deliveroo drivers are not employed by the company and therefore can't negotiate as a group. Read More >>

Amazon: What If You Thought of Doing Manual Labour for Us as More of a Workout

On Monday, Amazon’s PR department touted the story of a woman who allegedly lost a tonne of weight working for its Flex delivery service in the US. In the company’s framing, Flex isn’t a dystopian project to reduce shipping costs by letting an army of expendable, plainclothes contractors compete to score “last-mile” delivery gigs. It’s a fun workout! Read More >>

Amazon is the Latest Company to be Sued Over Gig Economy ‘Self Employment’

The gig economy has been lauded as a way for people to earn money with the flexibility to work their own hours and be their own boss. Or at least that's what the companies that use gig economy workers claim. The likes of Uber and Deliveroo have been regularly criticised for their attitude to so-called 'self employed' gig economy workers, with regular accusations claiming this employment status is to avoid paying staff fair wages and offering statutory benefits. Now Amazon is the latest company to come under fire. Read More >>

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Is Amazon Evil and Am I Evil for Using It?

1-Click ordering a massively discounted flat-screen TV, or seventy pounds of coarse-grained salt, it can be easy to forget, or temporarily repress, all those stories you’ve read about, say, working conditions in Amazon’s warehouses, or its propagation of the gig economy through contract labour. Read More >>

UberEats is Offering European Couriers Free Accident and Sickness Insurance

Last week gig economy powerhouse Deliveroo announced that it would start offering its couriers the option to buy insurance that will minimise the financial burden of being injured, ill, or generally unable to work. Not to be outdone, UberEats has confirmed that it will be giving couriers in some European countries similar insurance - the main difference being that it'll be free. Read More >>

Deliveroo’s New Insurance Gives Staff Some Things Proper Employees Take For Granted

Gig economy workers like Deliveroo have spent a lot of time deflecting criticism about how it classifies the people that work for them. They're self-employed, according to the companies themselves, and because they work for themselves head office isn't responsible for the kinds of things they'd get if the staff were classified as workers or employees. Read More >>

Possible Gig Economy Reforms Are Being Delayed Until Next Year

You don't have to try very hard to find some sort of business that relies on the gig economy, which uses technology to hook people up with small jobs without things like rigid working hours or employment contracts. Uber, Deliveroo, Hermes, and so on. Obviously this system treats the people involved as self-employed contractors, so they don't get any rights that are afforded to workers or employees. Read More >>

Woman Makes Video for Fiverr, Gets Framed for Fake Anthrax Packages

We all know that the gig economy is just a terrifying innovation that makes it easier for the moneyed class to exploit workers. But one Fiverr drone recently found out that it’s also a perfect way to get framed for doing crimes. Read More >>

90% of Government Admins Could Be Replaced With Chatbots, Says Thinktank

In a damning indictment of the skills of Whitehall administrators, right-wing thinktank Reform says almost all of them could be replaced with AI chatbots. Read More >>

Uber Driver Fails Breathalyser After Dropping Off Two or Three Fares

An Uber driver in Southern California was pulled over last night and blew three times the legal limit. He was reportedly on his way to pick up his third (or fourth) fare for the night. Read More >>