Solidarity and the gig economy
by Peter Hall-Jones
It’s a credit to the tireless efforts of Professor Guy Standing that the word ‘precariat’ has made its way into most English dictionaries. In case you’re not up to speed (and who is these days?) it means: “the class of people who are poor and do not have secure jobs” (Cambridge Dictionary). Sure, there has been a bit of debate around whether this group is a separate ‘class’, but nobody disputes that the phenomenon itself is very real.
Almost 40% of young workers in the OECD are in non-standard work, such as contract or temporary work, or involuntary part-time employment (more). At global level the picture is even more disturbing: more than 60% of workers worldwide, predominantly women, are in temporary, part-time or short-term jobs in which wages are falling (ILO 2015). Of the top 20 global…
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