Gig Economy and the Law after Covid - Shared screen with speaker view
Devansh Kaushik
Participants may put questions in the chat box as the session progresses, the speakers may address them in the Q&A later
Prannv Dhawan
In the last few years, some gig workers have preferred writ petitions in constitutional courts to attain legal rights. However, the relief hasn't been forthcoming. Is this legal strategy desirable/feasible in context of comparative experiences? How can it help?
Aayesha Shagufta
Eminent speakers,India is a State where the socio-cultural division of society reflects in all processes of life, and historically, India has pushed towards the culture of 'Gig Economy' and the culture of minimum wages. One of the most prominent example being MGNREGA. Would you please shed some light on this issue, especially with the reiterated debate on 'Gig Economy' in the midst of the ongoing Pandemic?
Ajibola Akanji
Nigeria and India has a lot in common. From colonial history, to sociocultural heterogeneity and many more. Importantly, some of the laws, political and economic policies used by the colonialists were imported from India, where they were initially used by the colonialists. Time is ripe for more works on the intersection of law, politics and economy between India and Nigeria.
Binit Agrawal
Gig platforms have consistently argued that classifying gig workers as employees would lead them to bankruptcy. We know that most of these companies like Uber and Ola, have been big loss makers for their investors. For the society as a whole, what would be more beneficial: to let these companies die out by increasing their staff costs or to regulate them better as Yamuna proposed in the first paper. Do we have examples of profitable gig platforms which are not exploiting their workers?
On bias and discrimination: how should we be addressing sexual discrimination and religious discrimination in the gig economy? Are the traditional penal laws enough or should we be rethinking them?
Ajibola Akanji
The conversation here is very relevant to Nigeria. Practically, the same circumstances are playing in both countries.
The gig economy today is deeply entrenched in technology, the platforms/ applications rule how the job is demanded, supplied and remunerated for. Can we look at changing and adding certain aspects to the platform so that it could lead to minimising exploitation of gig workers?
Prannv Dhawan
I think the problem is that it is not technology that is driving these platforms, it is the huge predatory financial capital that is doing so. a vision of economic democracy where contracts are fairer would require a strict regulation of this capital no?
Isn't it still a incentive for goverment to regulate as the alternative cost that is borne by government/public institutions may be health and other welfare cost spent.
Roba Saifeldin
Can we say discrimination at work is considered a demotivating factor for employees or a bad working condition?
Manikantha Nataraj
Recently the epl football players are claiming ownership of their own performance data which are sold to earn money by data analysis companies to betting and gaming companies. I believe, one of the role of algorithms in gig economy is to store the performances of the workers are make a performance parameter for evaluation purpose. Can right to using information of workers for future use without the workers consent be seen as illegal by law?
Roba Saifeldin
Thank you for all for hosting this