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If you dont want to do the gig, some one else will.
You do the gig the customer wants (not what you want), ie you aren't your own boss.
You get paid by the gig, ie if you aren't gigging you don't get paid, ie no minimum hourly wage.

Any kid 40 years ago, who did odd jobs around the neighborhood, understands the 'gig'.
Any man who does 'handyman' jobs...
Any woman who does housecleaning or seamstress...

Migrant workers...
Illegal workers...
Piece work workers...
Cash workers...

All the above understand the 'gig'.

I (ralph) understand the 'gig'. That's why I went to college.

Employers taking advantage of workers is not new.
Change the location and date, the 'gig', and perhaps ethnicity, and Upton Sinclair wrote the story.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jungle

From the link:
we absorb the cost of gas, insurance, and our phone plans,” ...
“It creates situations where we earn negative wages,” meaning xxx pay more than they earn.


This is a real world math lesson.

😐
ralph

The 'gig' economy is based on "pure" capitalism.
The workers are wanting society to force the employers to share the wealth... ie socialism regulations.
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