About a year ago in the United Kingdom, courier drivers for the billion-dollar food delivery service Deliveroo began protesting changes to payment rates.
And it soon became a dispute over definition and status, as much as pay.
Exactly what it means to be an “employee” has been the subject of heated debate before a British arbitration committee.
And the result could have implications for both the global gig economy and the future of worker representation.
Deliveroo, like other gig economy firms, classifies its workers as independent contractors, rather than employees.
The distinction is not just semantic. It’s worth hundreds of millions of dollars, because […]