Worker-owned Apps

Semi-Finalist

Essential Info
Semi-finalist: Worker-owned Apps
Country: United Kingdom
Field: Solutions for low-wage/low-skilled workers
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Summary

A worker-owned platform app in UK cities with and for cleaners.

Cleaning is an occupation often beset by low pay, insecurity, informality and underemployment. Cleaners frequently juggle several jobs to make ends meet and experience stark inequality. They are predominantly women on part-time, insecure contracts, making them some of the most vulnerable and worst-treated people in the economy. Rewards in the growing digital economy are so far enjoyed by a handful of tech giants, not by platform workers. Our idea is to use technology in the form of a worker-owned app to empower cleaners to cooperate, connect to market demand, flexibly organise their work, earn higher wages and share profits.

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