"...we often speak of employment contracts as agreements between equals, as if we are living in Adam Smith’s eighteenth-century dream world.... But such characterizations...do not reflect reality; most workers agree to employment without any negotiation or even communication about their employer’s power or its limits. The exceptions to this rule are few and notable: top professional athletes, celebrity entertainers, superstar academics, and the (increasingly small) groups of workers who are able to bargain collectively....employment contracts create the illusion that workers and companies have arrived at a mutually satisfying agreement, the increasingly onerous restrictions placed on modern employees are often presented as “best practices” and “industry standards,” framing all sorts of behaviors and outcomes as things that ought to be intrinsically desired by workers themselves.
...The rise of staffing or “temp” agencies...undercuts the very idea of a direct relationship between worker and employer.... millions of workers now labor under subcontracting arrangements, which give employers even greater latitude to abuse employees.... much “temp” work is not even temporary. Employees sometimes work for years in a single workplace, even through promotions, without ever being granted official status as an employee. Similarly, “gig economy” platforms like Uber designate their workers as contractors rather than employees, a distinction that exempts the company from paying them minimum wage and overtime. Many “permatemps” and contractors perform the same work as employees, yet lack even the paltry protections and benefits awarded to full-time workers.
Time to get rid of idea that work means personal liberty. It doesn't.
Edited by Baltimatt, 20 April 2017 - 07:43 PM.
Too long a quote