Gig economy workers say they can no longer survive

The many Malaysians who make a living delivering food, medication and shopping by motorcycle in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur say they are working long hours to earn just enough to scrape by. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 16, 2020.

WHETHER in Paris, Kuala Lumpur or California, gig economy workers fear they can no longer survive on meagre earnings from jobs that leave them increasingly vulnerable.

The term “gig” stretches back a century to jazz musicians who used it to refer to a one-off show but now the “gig economy” involves  millions of people in all sorts of jobs, from Uber drivers to Deliveroo delivery teams.

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