Does the gig economy necessitate universal basic income or something of the sort? Maybe everyone just needs to migrate to salary based pay.
A big thing seems to be the “gig economy” now, which I take to mean doing the various odd-jobs/gigs that are online now like lyft, uber, those sorts of things. Some people seem to think that this new sort of economy is the way that everything is going and companies certainly seem to want to push everything towards this for lower employment overhead in the form of lower wages and fewer benefits for those employees. All in the name of “efficiency,” “proper work force for workload” or whatever random phrases they use.
Considering my very, very limited knowledge of Marx, he seems to be noted for this quote:
… where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, herdsman or critic.
That sounds somewhat like this whole gig economy thing to be honest. The difference is, I assume Marx likes to imagine a world where, even though they have various jobs, those people actually make enough to support a good life too, food, health, shelter, movement, you know, those basic human rights.
Right now, this gig economy does not do that. Right now it’s essentially just moving people to constantly be private contractors for low wages, no insurance and no ability to keep themselves above poverty levels. As such, in order to actually have a gig economy that works for everyone, I think that these gig jobs need to become salary jobs not job/hour based. Only by having some sort of constant level can people actually pull off a gig economy, it allows the flexibility of the gigs but the support of real pay.
Another reason to actually turn these into salary based is, essentially they work just like salary work. Your hours are unplanned, you’re always “on-call” for these gigs (or at least can be) usually, these gigs are service industry based which do not follow “normal” working hours (except banking, which has always managed to do just 9-5 without anyone seriously questioning it. That honestly sounds like a lot of the salary jobs that I can think of: teaching, being a ceo of anything, military. Teacher’s being a prime example of what is essentially gig/seasonal work that is important and barely gets paid.
So what would the economy look like if we could actually live off of gig work through being salary workers, like gig workers actually are?