Increasingly, employees are being falsely treated as 'self-employed'. This phenomenon - the 'gig economy' - is seen as the inevitable shape of things to come.
In this book, Colin Crouch takes a step back and questions this logic. He shows how the idea of an employee - a stable status that involves a bundle of rights - has maintained a curious persistence. Examining the ways companies are attacking these rights, from proffering temporary work to involuntary part-time work to 'gigging', he reveals the paradoxes of the situation and argues that it should not and cannot continue. He goes on to propose reforms to reverse the perverse incentives that reward irresponsible employers and punish good ones, setting out an agenda for a realistic future of secure work.
Crouch's penetrating analysis will be of interest to everyone interested in the future of work, the welfare state and the gig economy.
Publisher: Polity Press
Number of pages: 140
Weight: 166 g
Dimensions: 189 x 126 x 13 mm
'A timely and thought-provoking read, lifting the lid on how the gig economy is undermining workers, damaging society and compromising our prosperity. It ought to act as a wake-up call to policy-makers and politicians.'
Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress
'Crouch presents a careful discussion of the relevant data and posits a powerful set of proposals for reforming labour markets in the era of the gig economy.'
Steven Vallas, Northeastern University