Aug 10, 2023

Ola, Uber and Zomato: India's gig workers see hope in new state law

Gig workers in India are celebrating a small but significant victory in their ongoing fight for labour rights and better working conditions. On 24 July, the western state of Rajasthan passed a landmark law that aims to provide platform-based gig workers social security benefits - a right they have been demanding for a long time - among other provisions. The law also aims to create an online database of gig workers in the state by registering them and the platforms they're associated with; set up a system to address their grievances and a welfare board to monitor and enforce rules and fine aggregator platforms that don't comply. Many labour rights activists have praised the law saying it will give gig workers at least some of the rights enjoyed by those in the formal economy. Nikhil Dey, member of a workers' rights group that spearheaded the drafting of the bill, says that the new law provides a system for workers to organise themselves by giving them representation in the form of a welfare board.

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