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Trade unions, civil society suggest changes to govt on Draft Rules for gig workers’ social security

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We missed this earlier.  In a joint submission to the Labour Ministry, a group of 23 trade unions, civil society organisations and members of academia have raised concerns with the Draft Rules for the Code on Social Security, 2020. In particular, they have raised concerns surrounding the burden of registration of workers, workers' data privacy, and overall ease of accessibility to benefits, among other things. The submission lays down concerns as well as recommendations on the Draft Rules that seek to govern social security benefits for gig workers and platform workers, for which the Ministry had begun consultations in November. The submission, made on December 21, has been endorsed by unions such as the Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers (IFAT), All India IT and ITeS Employees’ Union (AIITEU), and All India Gig Workers Union; and civil society organisations such as the Centre for Internet & Society, IT For Change, and Tandem Research. The Code's "foundational flaws" "mar the efficacy and effectiveness of the Draft Rules in being able to provide social security entitlements to platform and gig workers", the submission said. For instance, the Code failed to address how the fact that aggregators refer to "platform workers" as contractors and agents in their legal documents. Further, the joint submission recommended that the Code should have: Specified that all workers associated with any of the nine aggregator categories are to be treated as platform workers. Provided clarity on which ministry and legislation will aggregators function and operation, and, also How contributions…

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