Unions and the gig-economy: The case of AirBnB

9 November 2017 - "The so-called gig-economy is celebrated, maligned, fetishized, and qualified by analysts. Whether it is called the collaborative, platform, crowd-sourcing, or sharing-economy, the rise of peer-to-peer exchanges does raise important questions for workers. Do emerging ‘sharing-economy’ platforms such as Uber and Airbnb mark a significant shift in production and distribution systems? Are they emancipatory or exploitive?"

Turfts, S. (2017), 'Unions and the gig-economy: The case of AirBnB', 9 November.


  • Airbnb, Uber, Homestay, TaskRabbit, Lyft
  • accommodation, transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work, On-location client-determined moderately skilled work
  • Canada
  • 2017
  • Article
  • challenges, work organisation
  • English
  • Portside (Other)
  • Open access
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