Rebel’s Guide to the Gig Economy – Are gig workers their ‘own boss’?

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 4, Ben and Marini take down the myth that food delivery couriers and drivers working on a digital labour platform are their ‘own boss’. They find that employment misclassification is a means for platforms to avoid their responsibilities to their workers.

If you want to catch-up with the first three episodes of the A Rebel’s Guide series, ⁠click here⁠.

Future episodes:

Ep 5: is gig work really flexible?

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?

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