‘Robot jobs’ and gig economy point to need for universal basic income

 Uber has spread around the world, disrupting the taxi establishment.

“Political and economic conditions now are less favourable to workers than at any time since the 19th century.”

He cited the introduction of anti-union laws since the 1970s as an important factor in this loss of worker power.

Professor Quiggin said the rise of the “gig economy” was the “predictable outcome of enhanced employer power” and had no “necessary link” to advanced technology.

“Technological disruption simply acts as a catalyst, breaking down existing patterns of work and facilitating a shift towards arrangements more favourable to employers.”

He called for a form of a universal basic income that initially could be paid to the unemployed and would remove existing onerous conditions tied to the payment of benefits.

“Political and economic conditions now are less favourable to workers than at any time since the 19th century.”

He cited the introduction of anti-union laws since the 1970s as an important factor in this loss of worker power.

Professor Quiggin said the rise of the “gig economy” was the “predictable outcome of enhanced employer power” and had no “necessary link” to advanced technology.

“Technological disruption simply acts as a catalyst, breaking down existing patterns of work and facilitating a shift towards arrangements more favourable to employers.”

He called for a form of a universal basic income that initially could be paid to the unemployed and would remove existing onerous conditions tied to the payment of benefits.

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