Reform the Gig: Research and Advocacy on Platform Workers' Rights in India

IT for Change's research and advocacy track on labor aims to consider the emergent challenges for workers and laborers in the digital economy, and build a new frontier of labor rights for the 21st century. Our work is primarily concerned with the working conditions of and social security for gig workers, the moral and legal responsibilities of platforms, and workers’ privacy and data rights.


In the Spotlight

Joint submission to the Ministry of Labor & Employment

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December 2020: IT for Change co-drafted an input from the standpoint of platform and gig workers' rights for the ongoing public consultation of the Ministry of Labour and Employment on the draft Code on Social Security Rules, 2020. We worked with the trade unions All India Gig Workers Union & Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers, and the civil society organizations Aapti Institute, the Centre for Internet and Society, Tandem Research and TWN Trust to draft this statement. Several media outlets covered the statement, including The News Minute, NDTV, News Click, Money Control, Indian Lekhak, etc.


Research and Advocacy

Joint Statement Demanding that Labor Laws Must Recognize Platform Workers' Rights

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September 2020: In light of the Indian Parliament sidestepping platform workers in the Code on Social Security, 2020, passed during the Monsoon Session of the Parliament, IT for Change co-drafted and signed a statement, with an alliance of trade unions and civil society organizations. The statement emphasized the urgent need to transpose existing labor rights and welfare mechanisms to the platform economy due to the bleak economic landscape and the prevailing labor market informality of contemporary times.


Media

A data rights agenda for platform and gig economy workers (Hindustan Times)

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December 2020: Nandini Chami and Sadhana Sanjay co-authored this article about workers' data rights in India for the Hindustan Times. The article explores the issues faced by platform workers in a rapidly digitalizing economy and lays down short- and long-term agendas for ensuring workers' data rights in India.


Events and Engagements

Strategy Discussion on the Gig Economy

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August 2020: Sadhana Sanjay represented IT for Change at a virtual roundtable about the gig economy, co-organized by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and the Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights (CENTRAL).

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