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Cleaning up the gig economy

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YOU can see the gig economy everywhere but in the true statistics. The driver dropping off a package, the person behind the bar or the barista pulling your coffee, the hotel staff making up your bed or your bill, they will almost certainly be part of it. The best guesstimate is that one worker in ten is involved. But this does not begin to chart the extent of it, or the exploitation and litany of outrages it covers. People being paid cash in hand, tax avoided, young women sexually assaulted and afraid to complain because they need the money, others bullied or brought to the brink of breakdown through irregular hours, threats and insecurity over whether they will be working next day, next week or at all – whether they can provide. .

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