THE CONVERSATION BY CALEB GOODS, ALEX VEEN AND TOM BARRATT
"You can never do your homework, you are so tired and you just think about how to cook the next meal and sleeping. That is your life."
This international student, also works as a food delivery worker. He's a gig worker, which means he uses an app to source his work. One of the reasons he does this is because of his visa restrictions.
The rise of the "gig economy", where workers are not engaged as traditional employees, may further threaten endangered trade unions.
The majority of these workers can't earn enough money to live without working extra hours. They can't work extra hours without breaching their visa.
So our research found some turn to gig work as it's seen as a way around the current system.
However, this choice leaves them exposed to the whims of digital platform companies that regularly reduce the terms and conditions of food delivery work.
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