I am really hanging out for all the gig economy companies to go belly up when the government rules that their “independent contractors” are legally employees

many of the food delivery cyclists working for Deliveroo and Foodora are under the mistaken impression that they don’t need to pay taxes on their income, that the company has already handled this, a misinterpretation that the companies don’t go out of their way to dispel

the companies of course do not need to pay superannuation or holiday pay or sick pay for their fake employees, the insurance situation is ambiguous, and they can be instantly dismissed for any reason including injury on the job

everyone is being squeezed: the cyclists work hard in poor conditions, the investors throw money at the company they won’t get back, the customers pay more for worse food, the restaurants pay a hefty cut for the extra business.

this isn’t the glorious future

Those are like

all wrong sentences.

  1. The cyclists, who know their own situation better than you do, are better off than they were before (you can tell because otherwise they’d go back to what they did before)
  2. The investors, who have put more thought into this than you have, expect this to have the highest ROI (You can tell because otherwise they’d invest elsewhere)
  3. The customers pay less for better food (You can tell because they’re picking this instead of their old option)
  4. The restaurants pay a reasonable fee for much extra business (You can tell because otherwise, they’d stop.)

Or phrased differently:

  1. I refuse to believe you’ve solved the calculation problem
  2. I refuse to believe you’ve solved the calculation problem
  3. I refuse to believe you’ve solved the calculation problem
  4. I refuse to believe you’ve solved the calculation problem

“Everyone is acting completely rationally all the time in all of these situations and never considering any other things than money” is a very major assertion youhave completely failed to provide any evidence for.

I’m just saying Argumate sure doesn’t know better than any of them how they should chose to live their lives.

Well, no. But “You don’t know better than me how to live my life” is also a statement someone being abused and/or exploited can say with as much honesty. the fact that some people are better off in exploitative workplaces than in no workplaces is a very poor argument for exploitative workplaces.

since the original post, one delivery company has quit the Australian market, another looks like it’s going to be acquired by Uber, and the only profitable one relies on underpaying overseas students who don’t have work visas.

since the original post, one delivery company has stopped misusing capital on their own cognizance rather than having to wait for the five year plan to be allowed to stop, one has ceeded their capital to somebody who can use it more efficiently, and one is making a profit by providing opportunities that the law is desperately trying to prevent people from having.

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