Observers: Gig workers here need more structural support

Uber's move to classify its drivers in UK as workers, rather than self-employed, offers tips on managing local situation

Labour MP Yeo Wan Ling has highlighted gig workers' need for longer-term income stability and retirement adequacy. Some large gig platforms voluntarily provide a certain degree of protection to gig workers. Grab offers drivers and delivery partners u
Some large gig platforms voluntarily provide a certain degree of protection to gig workers. Grab offers drivers and delivery partners using its platform free group personal accident insurance coverage for accidents that take place while they are on a job, as well as prolonged medical leave coverage for those eligible. ST FILE PHOTO
Labour MP Yeo Wan Ling has highlighted gig workers' need for longer-term income stability and retirement adequacy. Some large gig platforms voluntarily provide a certain degree of protection to gig workers. Grab offers drivers and delivery partners u
Labour MP Yeo Wan Ling has highlighted gig workers' need for longer-term income stability and retirement adequacy.

Ride-hailing company Uber's recent move to classify its drivers in Britain as workers - rather than self-employed - offers some ideas on how the gig economy could be managed here.

Uber drivers will be entitled to some employment rights, including paid annual leave, protection against unlawful discrimination and protection for whistle-blowing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2021, with the headline 'Observers: Gig workers here need more structural support'. Subscribe