Here’s how BC should protect app-based workers

Instead of acting immediately on its election promise to extend essential workplace protections to vulnerable app-based workers, the BC government embarked on yet another public consultation by launching a discussion paper in August. The deadline for submissions is September 30.

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It’s time for a robust precarious work strategy for BC

Opinion: The B.C. government has the power to improve the lives of these workers and their families right away with the long-promised provincial precarious work strategy.
The rise of the “gig economy” and on-demand work through platforms like Uber has ignited public debate about precarious work and what makes a “good job.”
Policymakers have been slow to respond, partly because the lack of data on the scale and impacts of precarious work makes it easier to skate around the issues.

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But is it a good job? Understanding precarity in BC

The pilot BC Precarity Survey aimed to address the lack of data on precarious work in British Columbia. The survey, completed by over 3,000 workers aged 25 to 65 in late 2019, provided a snapshot of the provincial labour market just before the COVID-19 pandemic. The study measured precarious employment in two different ways: standard versus non-standard employment and the Employment Precarity Index.
The results showed that 37% of the survey respondents had Precarious jobs, and the burden of precarity fell more heavily on racialized and immigrant communities, Indigenous peoples, women, and lower-income groups.

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