Worker-owned apps are working to transform the gig economy


Instacart employs gig workers to provide same-day grocery delivery. [photo: Cyrus McCrimmon/Denver Post]
Last month, Instacart workers went on strike after the app cut their pay by halving the default tip to 5 percent per order. The company responded by eliminating a bonus that can account for up to 40 percent of workers’ earnings.

The move spurred outrage among workers and customers alike, amplifying how gig economy jobs are increasingly precarious and begging a question that Vice writer Ryan Hayes says is no longer “just a thought experiment”: What if workers came together to build their own platforms?

Examples like Up & Go, a home cleaning app in New York City owned by its workers—primarily immigrant women from Latin America—are providing real alternatives to gig economy exploitation.

In a new piece for Vice’s technology blog, Hayes explores the burgeoning platform cooperative movement. Read the full article:

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