App-based platform Workers’ Federation writes to the Ministry of Labor, demanding universal social security

The Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers (IFAT) has jointly presented the nexus of labor unions and civil society organizations, as well as the implications of the ongoing labor law reform process on the rights of platform and gig workers. Ministry of Labor and Employment on the ongoing Public Consultation on Draft Code on Social Security (Central) Rules, 2020. The deposit, dated 21 December, seeks to assure and protect a “basic social security floor” for all gig and stage workers. Data rights.

The memorandum, signed by the federation with the All India Gig Workers Union, All India IT and ITES Employees Union, All India Railwaymen’s Federation, Hind Mazdoor Sabha, and the National Union of Seafers of India, underscores concerns about the implementation of platform workers is. Rights in draft rules by the Ministry. Civil society organizations including Gender at Work, IT for Change, Kamgar va Mazur Sangh, Center for Internet and Society, Partners in Change, and Tandem Research are also among its signatories.

The submission raises the demand for universalizing social security for all platform workers. It also seeks clarity on the criteria for determining the exemption of aggregators from contributions to social security and assures data rights of workers.

Below are the key demands made by the federation, which represents thousands of workers associated with platforms including Swiggy, Jomato, Ola and Uber. You can also read the full submission on the web.

  • All platform workers should have a basic social security floor irrespective of their age. Provisions in the draft rules currently impose an age limit for social security for platform workers seeking to be removed, among other eligibility criteria. It should also be clearly defined in draft rules that individuals working with platform aggregators should only be treated as “platform workers” and not as “agents” or “contractors”.
  • While the draft rule indicates that aggregators will have to contribute to the social security scheme prepared by the government, more clarity should be provided on how these contributions will be evaluated and what type of social protection will be given . Together.
  • The ministry should understand the conditions under which aggregators can be exempted from contributing to social security of platform workers.
  • With effective representation of trade unions and labor organizations, the government should set a transparent process for nominating platform worker representatives. There should also be clarity on the formation of the National Social Security Board for gig workers and platform workers.
  • The clear purpose of collecting workers’ data should be provided, as well as the right to edit, correct and dispute the records of the aggregators. A mechanism for audit has also been suggested which should be established by the government. In addition, workers should have the right to maintain a certified, machine-readable copy of their collected data.
  • Instead of going for a centralized database, the government should explore the possibility of a unified architecture with space for democratic and decentralized data management by workers themselves, with participation from state and local government agencies.

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