4 min read.Updated: 26 May 2022, 01:10 AM ISTRahul Jacob
Rich world valuations amid low salaries for labour have been a glaring anomaly in our gig economy
In the long history of labour relations in profoundly hierarchical India and the short history of the gig economy, Uber’s announcement this week of new terms for drivers may prove revolutionary. To work around the recurrent problem of drivers cancelling rides because they did not want to go to the destination or wanted a cash payment upfront rather than waiting for the company to reimburse them weekly, the cab hailing service is making that information available to drivers so that they can pick which rides to accept. Changing a payment system so that drivers are paid the next day for most rides and allowing drivers to see destinations is commonsensical and humane.