A Rebel’s Guide to the Gig Economy – Is gig work really ‘flexible’?

A Rebel’s Guide to the Gig Economy is a series of podcasts by journalist Ben Wray and researcher Marini Thorne which gets behind the tech jargon and the CEO propaganda to examine the reality of work in the gig economy and look at how gig workers can challenge the power of their algorithmic bosses.

In Episode 5, Ben and Marini challenge the widely espoused notion that working in the gig economy offers workers ‘flexibility’. They find that to have true flexibility in your life requires social protections and economic security, neither of which are on offer in the gig economy.

Previous episodes:

Ep 1: ⁠What is the gig economy?⁠

Ep 2: ⁠Why are gig workers paid-per-task?⁠

Ep 3: ⁠What is the algorithm?⁠

Ep 4: ⁠Are gig workers their ‘own boss’?⁠

Future episodes:

Ep 6: is the gig economy really “a godsend” for women?

Ep 7: is platform work good for ethnic minorities?

Ep 8: What makes platforms powerful?

Ep 9: Why do platforms struggle to turn a profit?

Ep 10: Why should gig workers join a union?

Ep 11: How do gig workers get power over their data?

You can keep up-to-date with all future episodes on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or at BraveNewEurope.com/The-Gig-Economy-Project.

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If you have any feedback on the Rebel’s Guide series, email GEP@BraveNewEurope.com.

The Gig Economy Project is a BRAVE NEW EUROPE media network for gig workers in Europe. Click here to find out more and click here to get the weekly newsletter.

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