👨💻 Work 👩💻
Last week Uber drivers across the land (along with smaller rebellious factions of Wetherspoons, Deliveroo, McDonalds and TGI Fridays workers) ‘crossed the digital picket line’ to stage a 24-hour walkout over their working conditions.
Meanwhile in the US, the Innovating Inequality report highlights that despite Silicon Valley leading the nation in per capita economic growth, nearly 9 in 10 jobs in the Valley pay lower wages today in real terms than they did 20 years ago.
The Economist reminds us of some of the upsides to flexible working and points to tax and benefit reform as the solution to the downsides. But there's more bad news from Professor Chris Forde who says little has improved for gig workers since he reported on the issue for the European Parliament last year, and University of Oxford research finding the digital gig economy is bad for well-being.
The bigger picture: we're moving from theoretical debate to action on the ground, as platform workers begin to organise and mobilise as a collective force. Both welcome developments in our book.