The Gig Is Up - English subtitled

Eye-opening documentary about the harsh reality of platform companies like Uber and Deliveroo.

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Some of them drive, deliver, or do odd jobs for the likes of Uber, Deliveroo and TaskRabbit, while others carry out tasks online, adding human knowledge to algorithms. These gig workers are self-employed, getting paid per job by online platforms.

This accessible and wide-ranging documentary features several such workers, including Mitchell from Lagos in Nigeria doing AI jobs for Amazon; Californian Uber driver Annette, who’s becoming increasingly desperate as her earnings shrink; and Leila, a chain-smoking meal courier in Paris, who stands up for a co-worker who died in a crash. In rapid succession, their painful tales of customer ratings and gruelling work schedules are interspersed with analysis by tech journalists, experts, and entrepreneurs. They explain clearly and in detail how the gig economy works, and generously share their sometimes startling insights.

THE GIG IS UP uses powerful images of dizzying quantities of discarded rental bikes in China to illustrate the arrogance of this so-called ‘platform capitalism.’ (source:

After the screening Wendy Smits, Professor of Labour Market Flexibility at the School of Business and Economics, UM, will put the gig economy in the broader context of developments and trends in labour market flexibility.

Time schedule

19.15 - Doors open
19.30 - Start documentary
21.00 - Start Q&A
21.30 - End

Shannon Walsh, Canada, France, 2021, 90 min. Chinese, English & French spoken, English subtitles.