Professor Jeremias Adams-Prassl on the gig economy in times of COVID-19
In times of the Coronavirus crisis, employment rights for gig economy workers are more important than ever - and not just for workers. In an interview with the Financial Times Professor Adams-Prassl drew on research in Humans as a Service: The Promise and Perils of Work in the Gig Economy (OUP) to explain the broader ramifications of lacking worker protection:
‘What we’re forced to confront is that employment protection is not just about employment, it has a huge role protecting consumers and society”. If you’re a worker in the “gig economy” of short-term, low-paid contracts, he added, “and you feel a bit ill, the chances are that you continue to go to work due to the incentives in place”.