Fairwork India Ratings 2021:Labour Standards in the Platform Economy

The Center for Information Technology and Public Policy
International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB)
The Fairwork Project
invite you to a virtual discussion of the report
Fairwork India Ratings 2021:
Labour Standards in the Platform Economy

Thursday, 13 January, 1730 -1830 hours IST
Register now: https://bit.ly/33qHxap

1730 – 1745 hours:
Presentation of the key findings of the Report

1745 – 1815 hours:
Panel Discussion

Vinoj Abraham
(Professor, Center for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram)
Varun Thomas Mathew
(Lawyer, New Delhi)
Rashmi Menon
(Journalist, LiveMint)
Shaik Salauddin
(General Secretary, Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers)

1815 – 1830 hours:
Q&A session

About the report:
The Fairwork India 2021 Report presents the third annual assessment of working conditions in the Indian gig economy. Eleven of the country’s most prominent platforms – Amazon, BigBasket, Dunzo, Flipkart, Ola, PharmEasy, Porter, Swiggy, Uber, Urban Company and Zomato – were assessed against Fairwork’s Five Principles of Fair Work: Fair Pay, Fair Conditions, Fair Contracts, Fair Management, and Fair Representation. The 2021 Fairwork India scores range from 0 to 7 (out of a maximum of 10) , which highlights the heterogeneity of labour practices in the Indian platform economy, with some platforms displaying greater concern for workers’ needs than others.

About Fairwork:
The Fairwork India Ratings 2021 Report is spearheaded by the Centre for IT and Public Policy (CITAPP) at the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, with the Fairwork Project. The Fairwork India team consists of Principal Investigators, Balaji Parthasarathy and Janaki Srinivasan, with Mounika Neerukonda, Pradyumna Taduri, Amruta Mahuli, Kanikka Sersia and Funda Ustek-Spilda as team members.

Fairwork is committed to highlighting best and worst practices in the platform economy. The Fairwork principles were developed at workshops at the ILO and UNCTAD, bringing together platforms, workers, trade unions, regulators, and academics to set global principles of fair work in the platform economy. Those principles have been revised in a series of tripartite workshops in India and South Africa. Fairwork, at its essence, is a way of imagining a different, and fairer, platform economy than the one we have today. By evaluating platforms against measures of fairness, Fairwork hopes to not just show what the platform economy is, but also what it can be.

CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances, along with institutional changes that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.