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MIT study shows how much driving for Uber or Lyft sucks | TechCrunch
The exploitative asymmetry of ride-hailing platforms comes because workers have a certain amount of fixed costs but the platform intermediary can just hike its commission at will and lower the service cost to the end user whenever it wants to increase competitiveness vs a rival business.

“At the end of the day there are a certain amount of fixed costs [for drivers],” says Tluszcz. “You have to buy a car, you have to get insurance, you have to pay for gas… And if you as an intermediary, which those platforms are, are taking an increasing amount of commission — 10%, 15%, now 20 in most of their markets — and then you’re using the price of the trip as a way of beating your competitor… then you as a driver are sitting there with basically all of your fixed costs and your income is going down and frankly the only way to cover your costs is to spend more hours in the car.

“Which is frankly what’s clearly illustrated by this study. These people have to spend so much time to cover their costs when you break it down to an hourly revenue, it’s a pitiful amount. And by the way you have no social coverage because you’ve got to take care of that yourself.”
driving  edgework  business  economics 
march 2018 by juliusbeezer
Contrary Motion: Marco Eneidi, 1956-2016
As the ‘80s unfolded, the Manhattan housing market reclaimed the Lower East Side, driving rents up and heavily increasing the economic pressure on its residents. The harshness of the New York musicians’ lifestyle, poverty and periods of homelessness led Eneidi to regularly “escape,” taking time to recover and make money on the West Coast. Those breaks from New York included time spent taking lessons with saxophonist Bert Wilson in Olympia, Wash., and studying North Indian classical music at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, Calif...
Without work and living in abandoned buildings, Eneidi initiated a return to the West Coast in the mid-‘90s. Working with Glenn Spearman, he benefited from the dynamism of the San Francisco scene. Their collaboration yielded a number of striking recordings, such as Live at Radio Valencia. Spearman and Eneidi managed the rare feat of putting together a regularly appearing large ensemble...
Without health insurance in the United States, the move to Austria allowed Eneidi to “receive the medical attention he desperately needed. He would have died if he had not left immediately,” writes Lisle Ellis. The pillar of Eneidi’s activity in Vienna was running sessions at the Celeste bar, near the city’s flea market, for several hundred consecutive weeks. Billing his workshops as the “Neu New York / Vienna Institute of Improvised Music,” he took an experimental approach, creating groups on the spot out of the pool of musicians showing up, the entire evening constituting, “in a way, the composition.”
music  edgework 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Devenir coursier pour Take Eat Easy, Deliveroo, Stuart, Foodcheri, Foodora…. 1: Take Eat Easy : 100% Cyclo 100% Végétal
Voici comment se passe le boulot concrètement (cela reste valable pour toutes les boites): il faut tout d’abord avoir réservé ses créneaux sur le site, sans cela impossible de bosser. Ensuite il faut se rendre sur place et se connecter à l’appli, 15 minutes avant le début du shift.

Dès qu’une course nous est attribuée, le téléphone bippe (3G/4G obligatoire avec un bon forfait): il faut accepter obligatoirement la commande. Le nom et l’adresse du resto ainsi que celle du client à livrer sont ensuite affichés, avec les liens pour ouvrir google maps...

Alors oui c’est précaire, il n’y pas de vision à long terme, de congés payés, etc…, mais ce n’est pas sous payé, loin de là!
cycling  work  edgework 
august 2016 by juliusbeezer
The secret life of a cycle courier | Books | The Guardian
Physically, the work is grindingly hard. On an average day you’ll cycle 60 to 100 miles, deliver 20 or so packages, and earn maybe £3 a package. On a good day you’ll break £100. On a fixed-gear bike such as mine, with a gearing of 49/17, that amounts to around 29,000 complete pedal revolutions a day. On an average day you’ll earn 0.003p for each turn of the cranks.

Another city exists alongside the London most people know, and cycle couriers are privy to it, with its post rooms manned by neon-tabarded security guards, its goods lifts, its secret, parallel infrastructures. To a cycle courier, the conflict between public and private, between the rules of the road and those of corporate estates, is constantly apparent.
cycling  urban  London  edgework 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
A Response to “Edgework and the Workplace” « Organizations, Occupations and Work
My experiences – a decade old now – were marked by low pay and a hazardous working environment. My colleagues, several of whom are still friends, were an eclectic mix of middle class idealists, cycling enthusiasts, people that had difficulty finding regular employment and a few people that seemed to revel in the performance of bicycle messengering and all that this entailed.For the purposes of this commentary – and in the spirit of academic debate – I would like to suggest that edgework is perhaps less useful in thinking about these people’s orientations to working experiences than might first appear.
cycling  edgework  sociology 
november 2011 by juliusbeezer
Edgework and the Workplace « Organizations, Occupations and Work
Why would a low-paying and dangerous job inspire people to spend their own money to travel to an event that subject individuals to the hardest, riskiest parts of their workday?  Really, why would messengers celebrate (in their free-time no less) the very things most workers attempt to avoid?
cycling  edgework 
november 2011 by juliusbeezer

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