Economic systems tend to be somewhat stacked against young people from the start because they simply have had less time to accumulate things of value in those systems. With the so-called gig or sharing economy it is starting to look like a significant structural disadvantage to younger persons has begun to reveal itself. Many a young worker has education and tech savvy to contribute. Frustration is rising early on the occupational path as young workers with few options are often encounter the working conditions imposed by app-based and online employers.
“Sharing economy” or on-demand service economy?
A survey of workers and consumers in the Greater Toronto Area
Toronto’s ‘gig economy’ fueled by young workers starved for choice. A new survey by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives takes the first look at who is working through online platforms in the GTA
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Precarious employment really is a form of second-class citizenship that isn’t good for us. A confluence of recent studies back that up, including a recent survey of Ontario Federation of Labour members.
Cross country check up: will you win or lose in an Uber-style sharing economy?
cbc.ca/radio [Podcast 1:53:00]
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Small wonder the gig economy is subject to more than a little righteousness and more than a few hot takes these days.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick caught on video arguing with driver about fares. Kalanick apologized after a video obtained by Bloomberg showed him in a heated exchange with a driver who told the CEO: ‘I’m bankrupt because of you’
Uber is doomed
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Elements of the movement for a fifteen dollar per hour minimum wage that started up south of the border in the fast food industry seems to have arrived at Canada’s biggest, busiest, richest airport. And so it should!
CBC Metro Morning (6:20)
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