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Podcast episode transcript & companion document: Disrupting gig work (Season 1, Episode 1)

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“I don’t think that anybody should be severely injured or die at work. I think, when workers are saying to their employer, this is my fear, the employer should do something about it, should take action.” – Jennifer Scott (Mind the Disruption, Season 1, Episode 1)

Mind the Disruption is a NCCDH podcast about people who refuse to accept things as they are. It’s about people pushing for better health for all. It’s about people like us who have a deep desire to build a healthier, more just world.

You can consume the Episode 1 in two ways: 1) by listening to the episode and/or 2) by reading this Episode Transcript & Companion Document.

This Episode Transcript & Companion Document provides a new way to engage with the Mind the Disruption podcast. It includes a written transcript of Season 1, Episode 1 “Disrupting Gig Work” with key quotes and related resources to prompt further reflection, sharing and exploration.

About this episode: Disruptor Jennifer Scott delivers food on her bike in Toronto and organizes with other gig workers to fight against the challenging — and often unsafe and harmful — employer practice of misclassifying workers. Listen to or read this episode to learn about Jennifer’s personal story of becoming a gig worker, organizing with other workers for safer and healthier working conditions, and becoming the president of Gig Workers United. Later in the episode, we also talk to Dr. Monika Dutt and reflect on what this means for public health in Canada. Monika is a family doctor, medical officer of health and advocate for decent work. In speaking with Monika, we discuss the many links between employment and health and explore the role that public health practitioners and organizations could play in supporting workers like Jennifer to advance health equity.


Use this resource to:

  • facilitate discussion about the impacts of precarious employment on the health of gig workers and how public health can advance decent work by working with worker-led organizers,  
  • use and share this written episode transcript to learn about pressing health equity and social and structural determinants of health issues and solutions, and
  • explore embedded related resources from NCCDH and others to support public health action.


Related Resources:

Determining Health: Decent work issue brief

Equity in Action: Advocacy wins – Paid sick days, public support and sustainable change

Equity in Action: Peel Public Health tackles inequities in workplaces and increases access to worker protections during COVID-19


See other resources related to working conditions and health equity.

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2023). Podcast episode transcript & companion document: Disrupting gig work (Season 1, Episode 1). Antigonish, NS: NCCDH, St. Francis Xavier University.  

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