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Some praise our gig economy flexibility. I call it exploitation | Larry Elliott | Opinion | The Guardian
Language matters. There was a time when these trends would have been described as casualisation or exploitation. They would have been seen as symbolic of a one-sided labour market in which the deck was stacked in favour of employers. These days, though, it is evidence of “flexibility”, and who could object to that?
gigEconomy  zeroHours  underemployment  self-employment  casualisation  exploitation  employment  flexibility  deregulation  pay  wages  interestRates  dctagged  dc:creator=ElliottLarry 
april 2018 by petej
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RT : Lecturers' working conditions are students' learning conditions.
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february 2018 by andfilmer
When Amazon Opens Warehouses - The Atlantic
Yet in many ways, Amazon has not been a “rare and wonderful” opportunity for San Bernardino. Workers say the warehouse jobs are grueling and high-stress, and that few people are able to stay in them long enough to reap the offered benefits, many of which don’t become available until people have been with the company a year or more. Some of the jobs Amazon creates are seasonal or temporary, thrusting workers into a precarious situation in which they don’t know how many hours they’ll work a week or what their schedule will be. Though the company does pay more than the minimum wage, and offers benefits like tuition reimbursement, health care, and stock options, the nature of the work obviates many of those benefits, workers say. “It’s a step back from where we were,” said Pat Morris, the former mayor, about the jobs that Amazon offers. “But it’s a lot better than where we would otherwise be,” he said.
Amazon  employment  casualisation  review  critique  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
february 2018 by inspiral
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
All of these trends—the cost of education, the rise of contracting, the barriers to skilled occupations—add up to an economy that has deliberately shifted the risk of economic recession and industry disruption away from companies and onto individuals. For our parents, a job was a guarantee of a secure adulthood. For us, it is a gamble. And if we suffer a setback along the way, there’s so little to keep us from sliding into disaster.
Millennials  finance  decline  insecurity  employment  casualisation  uncertainty  poverty  healthcare  incomeinequality  inequality  racism  retirement  housing  regulations  zoning  USA  HuffingtonPost  Highline  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
Amazon's Last Mile
Who delivers Amazon orders? Increasingly, it’s plainclothes contractors with few labor protections, driving their own cars, competing for shifts on the company’s own Uber-like platform. Though it’s deployed in dozens of cities and associated with one of the world’s biggest companies, government agencies and customers alike are nearly oblivious to the program’s existence.
Amazon  AmazonFlex  employment  casualisation  gigeconomy  review  critique  Gizmodo  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
What Is CamperForce? Amazon's Nomadic Retiree Army | WIRED
In a company presentation, one slide read, “Jeff Bezos has predicted that, by the year 2020, one out of every four workampers in the United States will have worked for Amazon.”
Amazon  CamperForce  employment  casualisation  elderly  USA  Wired  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
James Meek · Somerdale to Skarbimierz · LRB 20 April 2017
The chief of the many flaws in this version is that at both ends of the Somerdale-Skarbimierz journey, the new jobs are worse than the old Somerdale ones. Even supposing all the redundant Somerdale workers, and their children, found similar low-skilled jobs, they would never be as well-paid as they were at Somerdale, and, crucially, wouldn’t have the same generous final salary pensions. Some of the Somerdale workers’ children, no doubt, will enter the higher-wage higher-skill world of the professional tech class, but the flipside of Matt Cross’s optimism is that those jobs will be few, and the zero-hours army many. The outflow of old-style manufacturing jobs, with good pay, conditions and pensions, couldn’t be matched by any foreseeable inflow. ‘People at the lower end of the workforce,’ Cross said, ‘start to lose their engagement in the workforce and the jobs they can get are very temporary jobs, minimum wage jobs, the Sports Direct-type model.’
Cadburys  globalisation  EuropeanUnion  subsidies  employment  casualisation  Poland  UK  LondonReviewofBooks  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Does the left have a future? | John Harris | Politics | The Guardian
All over the west, the left is in crisis. It cannot find answers to three urgent problems: the disruptive force of globalisation, the rise of populist nationalism, and the decline of traditional work
politics  left  Labour  review  critique  globalisation  casualisation  nationalism  freelanceeconomy  author:JohnHarris  Guardian  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral

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