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This week I want to share some news about events which might profoundly impact the “Gig Economy” market. The title of this issue is a hopeful one, as most of the news shared this week refer to initiatives aimed at leveling the gig-economy playing field.
The Wired article talks about Up&Go, the new York based Uber of household chores. Unlike Uber, Up&Go workforce is composed of cooperatives and the technology behing the service was developed by a non-profit organization. The results, as you can read in the article, cast a positive light on the future of Platform cooperativism.
In the meantime, both US and EU are trying to regulate the far west of non-standard jobs. In California, the 9th Circuit ruled for the first time on a key question following a California Supreme Court’s ruling that made it harder for companies to label workers as independent contractors. While Europe is demanding increased transparency for those in “on-demand” jobs, such as at Uber or Deliveroo. The new regulation proposes more predictable hours and compensation for cancelled work, and an end to “abusive practices” around casual contracts.
Lastly, I want to highlight the work done by Worker Info Exchange, a nonprofit organization helping gig-workers to access, control and analyze the data they generate through their apps.