The gig economy is being driven by those who seek to cut costs; this begins and ends with their ability to wiggle out of being considered “employers” in any sense.
You can play along at home—especially if your home is in Nicaragua or Venezuela.
The capitalist elites want everyone else to be temp workers trapped in demeaning, low-paying, part-time, service-sector jobs without job security or benefits. For a prime example of this, check out what Uber and Lyft have done to taxi drivers, and their own drivers, in New York City.
Toronto ad agency Zulu Alpha Kilo asked restaurateurs, personal trainers and architects to provide some of their product or service for free so shoppers could decide whether to buy it. “Get out of here” was one cook's response.
Even before the founding of the transportation company Uber in 2009, "the United States economy was rapidly becoming an Uber economy writ large, with tens of millions of Americans involved in some form of freelancing, contracting, temping or outsourcing,” reports The New York Times.