Assistant Professor at Crescent School of Law, India
The rise of the gig economy has brought about significant changes to the nature of work, providing flexible employment opportunities for millions of workers globally. In India, gig work has witnessed a remarkable surge, with platforms like ride-sharing, food delivery, and freelance services reshaping the labor market. However, this rapid growth has also exposed gig workers to various economic uncertainties and challenges that demand urgent attention. This paper explores the economic uncertainty faced by gig workers in India and the pressing need for a new legal framework to safeguard their welfare. It examines the current legal landscape, which often fails to provide adequate protection and social security benefits to gig workers, leaving them vulnerable to income volatility, job insecurity, lack of access to healthcare, and limited legal recourse. Drawing on international experiences and best practices, the study proposes key elements that should be incorporated into a new law for gig workers in India. These elements include defining gig work and worker classification, establishing minimum wage standards, ensuring access to social security benefits, and implementing mechanisms for dispute resolution and collective bargaining. By shedding light on the economic uncertainty faced by gig workers in India and advocating for a new legal framework, this research aims to contribute to the ongoing discourse on labor rights and social protection in the gig economy. It underscores the importance of acknowledging gig workers' contributions to the economy and calls for comprehensive measures to address their vulnerabilities, protect their rights, and promote their overall well-being in the evolving world of work.
International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 3, Page 1090 - 1103DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.114955
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