The Common Weal Policy Podcast – Episode #179

date: 16/08/2023

Episode 179 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Ben Wray from the Gig Economy Project, a pan-European project to map and track insecure labour, about a recent article he wrote about Karl Marx and his views towards the gig economy – known in his time as “piece wages”. They discuss the rise and resurgence of this form of insecure labour, how it undermines salaried work and how it negatively impacts and disempowers workers. They also discuss the UK’s inflation crisis and how Spain has managed to avoid it and, finally, a brief discussion on Scotland’s latest GERS statistics.

You can read Ben’s article on Marx and the Gig Economy here: https://twitter.com/project_gig/status/1690638011724132353

And you can sign up to the Gig Economy Project newsletter here: https://braveneweurope.com/gig-economy-project

The article Ben mentions about inflation in the USA can be read here: https://braveneweurope.com/james-k-galbraith-why-the-economic-doomsayers-were-wrong

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Excerpts from “Hiding Your Reality” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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