Opinion | What’s good for gig workers1 min read 19 Sep 2019, 02:58 PM IST
Gig workers deserve better terms. Perhaps a mechanism can be evolved that balances everyone’s interests
The rise of the gig economy has resulted in the employment of vast numbers of workers who are not formally employed by companies, but work hard for them. Think Uber, Ola, Zomato , Swiggy and others, with their armies of drivers and delivery boys. They simply do their jobs for money, and this money depends on how hard they work. Should they not have some of the employment benefits that regular employees do? That is what’s proposed by India’s Code on Social Security Bill, 2019, which recognizes “gig workers" and “platform workers" as workers, and insists that they be entitled to such benefits as life and disability cover, maternity leave and old age protection.
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