The gig economy – winners and losers

Workers in the ‘gig economy’ might be delivering your pizza, programming the app that allows the transaction, or own the platform and 15% of each transaction. Like the internet itself, the gig economy is proof that equality of opportunity has no relationship to equity or equality of outcome.

It is easier than ever to own one’s own business – Jeff Bezos does, he owns Amazon. Valued at $156 billion he’s the world’s richest. The median salary of an Amazon employee is $AUS 39000. The bike riders that deliver food get paid as little as $6.70 per hour. In many ways the gig economy represents uber-casualisation and income polarisation of the workforce.

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Nicholas McGuigan and Thomas Kern – The Accountability Institute

  Nicholas McGuigan, Associate Professor of Accounting and Director of Education at Monash Business School, Co-Instigator of The Accountability Institute, Editor Accounting Education, Associate Editor, Higher Education Research and Development Journal, Associate Editor, Issues in Accounting Education Melbourne, Australia Thomas Kern, Ex-Banker, Ex-Academic and Co-Instigator of The Accountability Read More …

Dr Shann Turnbull

My vision for an ecologically based New Economy Dr Shann Turnbull, Paddington, Sydney sturnbull@mba1963.hbs.edu Principal: International Institute for Self-governance Founding member of: Sustainable Money Working Group, New Garden Cities Alliance, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors For society to survive climate change it needs Read More …

Alison Bird

Alison Bird – NENA currencies working group, Community Exchange System Australia, Far North Queensland Community Exchange System, Brisbane Local Energy Trading System, Transition the Grove I am concerned that the conventional economic system seems to fail the majority while favouring a small wealthy sector of Read More …