The Australian Industrial Transformation Institute is pleased to host Dr Josh Healy (Newcastle) and Dr Andi Pekarek (Melbourne) for Inviting vista or hostile landscape? The gig economy through the eyes of young Australians.
Young people are avid participants in the gig economy, as users and as workers. This dual involvement means that platform companies play a significant role in many young people’s lives, both in enabling their consumption and providing new opportunities for work.
In this paper, Dr Josh Healy and Dr Andi Pekarek present contemporary evidence of how young Australians engage with platforms and their views about gig work. They find that while young people have taken enthusiastically to platforms as users, they are pessimistic about important aspects of gig work. And discuss what this combination of support and suspicion portends for young people’s awareness and acceptance of platforms’ labour practices, which are central to the future of work.
The talk will be followed by a discussion with Prof. John Spoehr, Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute (AITI). It is suitable for anyone interested in the gig economy and the future of work.
Drinks and nibbles provided. Tickets are free but places are limited, please RSVP.