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Maharashtra’s gig worker unions declare dharna and indefinite strike starting October 19

A coalition of Mumbai gig worker unions warn of an indefinite strike after Dussehra if the state government remains silent on worker demands.

Update: Following the protest by app-based drivers, delivery workers and other taxi drivers in Mumbai, Maharashtra's Transport Commissioner Vivek Bhimnagar met with the union leaders and stated that their demands will be addressed by the end of October 2023. He said on October 19, 2023 that the government has formed a committee to discuss aggregator guidelines, whose report will be presented by October 31. Regarding welfare board, Bhimnagar said the official body will be created soon. Regarding airport parking issues, he promised to hold a meeting with airport officials. Similarly, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal assured gig workers that the government will be working on a law to safeguard the interests and security of the capital’s gig workers after meeting with the Workers Association of Delhi, reported the Indian Express on October 19, 2023. The delegation asked for job security and benefits like ESI and PF, raised issues of low wages and work hours, appealing and the establishment of a welfare fund for gig workers. Kejriwal instructed officials to check if gig workers can be brought under the definition of "workers" as per the Construction Workers Welfare Board, doing away with the need for a separate law for app-based workers. Original post, October 13, 2023: What’s the news: Mumbai’s app-based drivers and delivery workers announced a demonstration at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Terminal 2, to be held on October 19, 2023, to ask the Maharashtra government to heed the demands put forth by app-based workers and pre-paid…

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