A Rebel’s Guide to the Gig Economy: Why should gig workers join a union?

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 10, Ben and Marini look at the potential power gig workers have if they join together in a union. They find that despite several difficulties, there are already many inspiring examples of gig workers striking and winning.

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’?⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Ep 5: ⁠⁠⁠⁠Is gig work really ‘flexible’?⁠⁠⁠⁠

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

Ep 7: ⁠⁠⁠Is the gig economy good for migrants & ethnic minorities?⁠⁠⁠

Ep 8: ⁠⁠What makes platforms powerful?⁠⁠

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

Future episodes:

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.

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