Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism are Screwing American Workers
by Steven Hill
St Martin’s Press (2015)
Raw Deal is about all the creative ways Wall Street and Silicon Valley have invented to exploit American workers since the 2008 meltdown escalated the wholesale destruction of US jobs. As of 2015 the US economy had shed a total of 12 million jobs, a figure that is increasing rather than decreasing.
The book mainly focuses on so-called sharing platforms, such as Airbnb, Uber, Task Rabbit and their imitators. However author Steven Hill also includes chapters on the phenomenal growth of permatemp “contract” labor, the burgeoning System D or gray labor market (where employers pay cash under the table) and the steady replacement of workers by robots, computers and apps.
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