Uber drivers and other apps get NEW perks

Uber drivers and other apps get NEW perks

The workers’ struggle Uber and other companies providing labor rights enforcement services seem to be starting to bear fruit. Last week, the company announced that it was willing to grant benefits for drivers and couriers🇧🇷

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The measure, which also includes the DiDi and Rappi apps, benefits professionals who work more than 40 hours a week in Mexico. It was the companies’ first proposal ahead of the possible approval of a bill to regulate the sector.

One of the main controversies involving Uber and other similar companies is the non-recognition of drivers as employees. Without bail, the professionals who work on the platforms live without any labor rights.

There is still no information on how Social Security payments will be split between companies.

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The Minister of Labor of Mexico, Luisa Alcalde, informed that the government is developing a bill that will bring these professionals to the “formal economy”. The text must be presented before the end of the year.

“It’s time to take the next step and find common ground…and start improving working conditions,” said Tonatiuh Anzures, director of government affairs for DiDi in Mexico.

It is not yet clear whether the workers will be classified as employees of the platform or whether a new model will be created based on the proposed applications. Companies in the sector have been claiming for years that the employment link would harm their business model.

Discussion in Brazil

Guaranteeing the rights of application pilots is still a subject that is still little discussed in Brazil. According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, the country currently has more than 3 million service providers gathered on these platforms.

President-elect Lula’s team proposes to register professionals and provide labor and social security benefits, such as pensions and sick pay. The initial idea is to use the model of Spain, where the worker can be framed in the rules of the CLT or in a special regime, depending on the number of companies for which he provides services.

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