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Indian gig company protests female workers

An Indian gig company that provides home and beauty services has sued female workers in protest of the rule that women hurt their income.

This would limit workers’ flexibility and reduce their income, said Sea Machine, a cosmetologist at the Urban Company nominated in the proceedings. (Https://indianexpress.com/)

An Indian platform company that provides home and beauty services has sued female workers in protest of the rule that women lose their income amid growing dissatisfaction with gigs’ jobs.

Among the new policies proposed by Urban Company are subscription schemes that require partners to undertake the minimum number of jobs each month on a prepaid basis, new categories of partners, and discount schemes for customers.

This would limit workers’ flexibility and reduce their income, said Sea Machine, a cosmetologist at the Urban Company nominated in the proceedings.

“The new policy will reduce our income and make it harder for us to reach our goals. We had to protest because the company doesn’t listen to our concerns,” said Urban Company. Shin (35), who worked at, said four years.

Dozens of women, whom the company calls partners, gathered outside the Urban Company’s office in the northern Indian city of Gurgaon this week, hoisting banners against the proposed new rules and shouting their slogans.

Urban Company, which allows users to order services from manicure to carpet cleaning and repair with a mobile app, said their actions were “illegal and illegal” in a lawsuit filed in the district court this week against four female partners. ..

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Labor protection

According to Shin, after two nights in the cold, the women were unable to use the toilet and moved off the scene on Wednesday for fear of night safety.

“We have filed a proceeding against us in protest of showing that they are afraid of us,” Shin said. Thomson Reuters Foundation on the phone.

The Urban Company did not respond to requests for comment.

Around the world, platforms, including ride-hailing services and food delivery apps, are taking advantage of loose labor protection to demand long working hours in exchange for low wages and some benefits such as sickness allowances and health insurance. Advocates say.

In India, where about 5 million people work in the gig economy, workers have demanded better conditions after winning a legal victory over their counterparts from Amsterdam to New York.

In October, a union representing approximately 35,000 Indian gig workers filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking social security benefits from platform companies such as Uber, Ola, Zomato and Swiggy. This is the first proceeding in Japan.

Female workers at the Urban Company in October were protesting improvements in wages and working conditions, as well as social security benefits.

With more than 35,000 partners in countries including India and Australia and Singapore, the company first vowed to drive women out of the platform and then announced new safety measures and insurance benefits.

The Social Security Act, introduced in 2020, has benefited this segment, but has not yet been enforced in the Indian states.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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