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App delivery workers missing out on social security benefits file petition in Supreme Court

The petition by a body representing 35,000 gig workers argues that they pass all the tests to be declared as employees.

"The mere fact that their employers call themselves “Aggregators” and enter into the so-called “partnership agreements” does not take away the fact that there exists a jural relationship of employer and employee; master and servant," argues a petition filed by the Indian Federation of App-Based Workers (IFAT) in the Supreme Court on September 21.  The petition demands that gig workers be declared as unorganised workers by the court and hence, be entitled to social security benefits under the Unorganised Workers Act 2008.  Courts across the world, including in the UK, Netherlands, and France have declared that gig workers are employees. This petition could pave the way for similar legislation in India, bringing platform workers under the ambit of legal protections and social security benefits currently available to unorganised workers.  Platforms are in an employer-employee relationship with gig workers: Petition The…

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