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Technology enabled digital labour platforms are not adhering to labour norms, points out new ILO report

Although services provided by the gig and Platform Workers touch the lives of each one of us, we have little knowledge about the role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work. Such digital labour platforms have created unprecedented opportunities for workers, businesses and society. However, they also pose serious threats to decent work and fair competition. A recent report by International Labour Organisation (ILO) shows that the workers...

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Post COVID-19, ILO calls for national-level policy on those working from home -Kiran Pandey

-Down to Earth There is an urgency to adopt global labour standards and improve national-level labour registries for home-based workers, organisation says in its new report There is a need to develop effective policies for home-based workers and ensure their proper implementation even as the practice had increased since the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report. Just 10 countries had ratified the Convention on...

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Labour Ministry seeks feedback on draft social security rules

-The Hindu They propose to provide the unorganised sector, gig and Platform Workers access to social security benefits through a government portal. The Union Labour and Employment Ministry has notified the draft rules under the Code on Social Security, 2020, which propose to provide the unorganised sector, gig and Platform Workers access to social security benefits through a government portal. The Ministry notified the draft rules on November 13 and sought suggestions and...

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A secure future for Platform Workers -Lakshmee Sharma

-The Hindu There is a strong case to attribute a more robust responsibility to platform companies and the State The Code on Social Security Bill, 2020, for the first time in Indian law, attempted to define ‘platform work’ outside of the traditional employment category. It says: “Platform work means a work arrangement outside of a traditional employer-employee relationship in which organisations or individuals use an online platform to access other organisations or...

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Gig work and its skewed terms -Aditi Surie

-The Hindu The new labour codes do little to provide better pay and definitive rights to Platform Workers The new Code on Social Security allows a platform worker to be defined by their vulnerability — not their labour, nor the vulnerabilities of platform work. Swiggy workers have been essential during the pandemic. Even so, they have faced a continuous dip in pay and no rewards for being essential workers. During the last six...

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