Too often we have seen attempts by worker regulation-lovers to use ‘invented’ problems to try and kill off self-employment. It’s a campaign that’s been ongoing since around the 1990s. Its current rebirth is focused on the ‘gig’ economy. Regulations are needed for real problems. But let’s not invent problems. Self-employment in its many forms—freelancing, gig, traditional shop-keeping, trades and so on—all make an important mix for job creation, economic activity and personal income creation.
Gig and platform economy, 2015-2019 [statistical data]
In Search of Unicorns, Self-Employed Australia submission to the 2019 Inquiry into the Victorian On-Demand Workforce 2019
Australian unions see flying ‘gig’ pigs landing from the UK (February 2021)