The Gig Is Up

In-person screening and discussion April 23, 2022 at 7pm | Virtual screening and recorded discussion April 26th to May 3rd
SFU Woodward’s | 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

A very human tech documentary.

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In partnership with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), we are pleased to present The Gig Is Up, a documentary that explores the real costs of the platform economy through the lives of people working for companies around the world, including Uber, Amazon and Deliveroo.

From delivering food and driving ride shares to tagging images for AI, millions of people around the world are finding work task by task online. The gig economy is worth over 5 trillion USD globally, and growing. And yet the stories of the workers behind this tech revolution have gone largely neglected.

Who are the people in this shadow workforce? The Gig Is Up brings their stories into the light.

Lured by the promise of flexible work hours, independence, and control over time and money, workers from around the world have found a very different reality. Work conditions are often dangerous, pay often changes without notice, and workers can effectively be fired through deactivation or a bad rating.

Through an engaging global cast of characters, The Gig Is Up reveals how the magic of technology we are being sold might not be magic at all.

– Shannon Walsh, Director
– Robert MacDonald, Steward, Vancouver SP Sub-Group, PIPSC

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BC ACORN started organizing in 2005, with their first chapter in Surrey. Since then they have built up six more chapters across the lower mainland (New Westminster, Burnaby, Tri-Cities, Whalley, Guilford, and Newton).

Some of their biggest victories include: Canada’s first living wage policy in New Westminster; the introduction of a healthy homes bylaw in Surrey; regulation of payday lending; and many local victories against slumlords.

Despite losing their office in an explosion in 2013, BC ACORN is stronger than ever and continuing the fight for healthy homes, disability rights, and closing the digital divide.

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1. Purchase a ticket here or by clicking on the Get Tickets section.
2. You will receive an email on April 26th with information on how to watch the film and recorded panel discussion.
3. The Gig Is Up and recorded panel discussion will be available from April 26th to May 3rd.

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BC Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts
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