Gig economy, austerity and “uberization” of labor in Brazil (2014 – 2019)
Guilherme Nunes Pires
Federal University of ABC - UFABC, São Paulo, Brazil
Please cite the paper as:
Guilherme Nunes Pires, (2019), Gig economy, austerity and “uberization” of labor in Brazil (2014 – 2019), World Economics Association (WEA) Conferences, No. 1 2019, Going Digital, 15th November to 16th December, 2019
The aim of the present paper is to understand the process of “Uberization” of labor in Brazil by analyzing the economic crisis and the austerity program from 2014. The emergence of Gig Economy and the “Uberization” of labor is a global trend in digital age. Brazil has experienced the exponential growth of these type of labor relations in the recent years. Millions of Brazilian workers now have their entire income exclusively from digital platforms without labor rights. However, its only possible to understand this phenomenon considering the economic crisis and the austerity program put in practice in 2014. The capital offensive over labor penalized the working class and provided the rapid growth of the “Uberization” of labor in Brazil.