John Fossey wrote:
The article makes clear these are freelancers, not employees. Isn't it up to the freelancers to say what their rate is? Is it a "boycott" when the client tries to lower the rate and the freelancer doesn't accept it?
"Isn't it up to the freelancers to say what their rate is?"
Yeah sure, and you can always say "no" to a mugger in the middle of the night.
When you have ONE buyer and 2000 suppliers it's called "monopoly" and all this nice talk about "liberty of contracting" starts sounding like a bad joke.
From my experience any peasant who descended from his hills to sell his produce on the local market understands it perfectly without needing any PhD, nor BSc.
There's a lot of loose talk about "free markets" these days. As the great American sociologist C.Wright Mills once put it "Nobody talks more of free enterprise and competition and of the best man winning than the man who inherited his father's store or farm."
[Edited at 2015-12-25 08:48 GMT]