The No Gig Economy

The current virus effected economic climate shows how brittle the gig economy is.

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People whose main source of income is via Air BnB are left with no income as holiday makers stay at home. Same goes for ride sharing services.

Food deliveries seem to be working, but that’s only because there’s still the demand. But if the demand went, so would the income for the delivery riders.

This makes things unfair for gig economy workers who are left with nothing and then there’s the consequent volatility that hits the general economy.

The gig economy is too fragile to sustain an economy during difficult times. There should be some sort of support mechanism in place to shelter these people who are vulnerable to the ups and down of an economy that they have little control over.

The economic downturn is going to effect a lot of people, but gig economy workers are particularly vulnerable.