Unidos World Action is making our voices heard with international actions in front of representatives from the EU and Brussels with a very clear message:
The precarity and exploitation of so-called gig work is coming for all sectors – riders, drivers, clickworkers, domestic workers, temps, artists – every industry is at risk of becoming a pit of precarity, subcontracting and division between workers.
You’re a contractor, not an employee
False! Courts around the world have found that gig workers are legally employees and deserve their full rights and protections under the law. We’re not independent at all because the app controls where and when we work and it’s in the sole control of the employer.
You make more money because there’s no tax withholding or social security
False! What’s left when you deduct the cost of your phone bill, supplies, and maintaining your bike, scooter or car? What if we get sick and can’t work? If we have an accident between jobs, we’re on our own with no help from the apps. If we get sick during the pandemic our families are stuck with no income and no help from our employers.
You’re your own boss, you decided when and how much to work
False! We have schedules! We have to work at specific times and for a number of hours determined by the app if we want to make any money. If the app is on, but we’re not getting any work, how is that flexibility? We don’t get paid for wait time and the app bundles rides and deliveries, which cuts down on our pay even more.
If workers become employees, the apps will cut jobs
False! You can already be deactivated without cause at any time. There’s no security in the contractor model, when, at any moment, the app can take your job away for any reason. Becoming employees empowers us to claim our rights as workers and fight for laws that protect our jobs.