Tag: Gig-Economy

  • Uber-Capitalism: Platform Mobility/Mobilizing Workers

    Bronwyn Frey examines some of the worker organizational strategies emerging within Indonesia’s vast informal transportation sector, where precarity is longstanding and perhaps less exceptional than in the West. Watch video »

  • Digital Games: A Canary in the Coal Mine of Capital

    Not everyone plays digital games, but with the rise of casual, mobile-based gaming, we all know someone who does. With global sales revenues that far exceed global Hollywood’s annual box … Watch video »

  • Hotels vs Housing? Platforms, Rent and Resistance in Toronto

    Whether it is called the collaborative, platform, crowd-sourcing, or ‘sharing’ economy, the rise of peer-to-peer exchanges raises important questions for workers and unions. Watch video »

  • Amazon Is the New Factory

    Warehouse Labour in the Digital Economy – analysis by Alessandro Delfanti @adelfanti Watch video »

  • The Google Walkout

    #GoogleWalkout Thousands of Google employees throughout the United States and around the world walked off their jobs on November 1st. Keep reading »

  • Amazon Workers Organize

    First-ever Agreement Between Amazon and Unions Halts Inhumane Work Hours in Italy UNI Global Union Amazon employees in Italy have made history. Workers announced on May 23rd the first-ever direct agreement between … Keep reading »

  • Bringing Back The Lucas Plan

    “We got to do something now, the company are not going to do anything and we got to protect ourselves,” proclaimed a shop steward at Lucas Aerospace when filmed by … Keep reading »

  • Amazon Is a 21st-Century Digital Chain Gang

    When Amazon announced plans to locate a $5-billion, 50,000-employee complex as its second headquarters somewhere in North America, state governments and municipalities fell over themselves offering billions of dollars in tax abatements and corporate subsidies to secure the prize. Keep reading »

  • Workers are the Heart of the Algorithm

    Antonio Casilli, a professor at Télécom ParisTech, is considered one of the leading experts in the capitalism of digital platforms. He was interviewed by Roberto Ciccarelli.

    “We are the ones who make the robots, with our own labour,” he says. “We make the criteria according to which they operate. And then we teach them to learn how to improve. The problem is not that robots are stealing our work, but that we continue to work more and more, and that the platforms are fragmenting and rendering invisible the labour that is necessary to make the algorithms work.“ Keep reading »

  • Unions and the Gig-Economy: The Case of AirBnB

    The so-called gig-economy is celebrated, maligned, fetishized, and qualified by analysts. Whether it is called the collaborative, platform, crowd-sourcing, or sharing-economy, the rise of peer-to-peer exchanges does raise important questions … Keep reading »

  • Corbyn’s Manifesto on Digital Democracy

    Technological advancements have transformed our daily lives, and politics is changing too. The issues may not change that much – people want decent housing and decent jobs, they want access … Keep reading »

  • Neoliberalism’s World of Corruption

    The Panama Papers’ revelations about the rich and powerful hiding untold billions in ‘offshore’ tax havens may be shocking, but it’s hardly a surprise to anyone who knows the first … Keep reading »