I have actually written about Up & Go before: that’s the worker-owned co-op of home cleaners in New York City that has actually built a version of the on-demand economy that keeps the benefit however rejects the predatory capitalists, and as an outcome, is able to pay its employees $25/ hour.
Ryan Hayes has an update rising of platform cooperativism, which revisits the employees at Up & Go and discovers them growing, and shows how the platform cooperativism movement has taken on brand-new significance as the huge, private-equity-backed, hugely unprofitable, sleazy gig economy companies seek to keep their financiers from shutting off the cash-taps by putting the screws to their employees, from wage theft at Amazon, Instacart and Doordash to Uber’s efforts to scuttle basic employee protections for Californians
New platform co-ops are springing up all around the world: Eva, a rideshare service in Montreal (backed by a neighborhood credit union); Coopcycle, an EU federation of bike shipment co-ops with chapters in 16 cities; and Mensakas, a food delivery co-op in Barcelona.
The thing I enjoy about platform co-ops is that they do not ask their fans to pretend that they dislike the convenience of on-demand services– rather, they alter the economic and social contexts of these services to make them reasonable to their employees. It seems like the very first days of Individuals’s Republic of Wal-Mart
Mike Calomoris began driving for Uber in 2018 to supplement his income as a wedding photographer. He joined Eva when they launched and now drives solely for the app. Like with Uber, Eva motorists are classified as independent specialists, implying that they are not entitled to work requirements like minimum wage.
Calomoris is part of a test group of 15 Eva motorists who receive a base wage of $13-15 per hour (minimum wage in the province is $12 If drivers make less in fares than the guarantee, Eva pays the distinction.
In October, Eva began a pilot job with the Montreal airport and saw its ridership increase by 40 percent. “We had a huge parking area for Eva motorists, our own doors, and a details booth inside,” said Isufi.
Worker-Owned Apps Are Trying to Fix the Gig Economy’s Exploitation[Ryan Hayes/Vice].
( Thanks, Ryan!).