'Level playing field' needed on protections of gig workers, as platform companies note exemption for taxi, logistics firms

24/11/2022 9:09:00 AM

'Level playing field' needed on protections of gig workers, as platform companies note exemption for taxi, logistics firms

'Level playing field' needed on protections of gig workers, as platform companies note exemption for taxi, logistics firms

SINGAPORE – While supporting the Government's moves to raise protections for gig workers, several platform companies and an association representing the industry called for a level playing field with taxi companies and logistics firms, noting that the changes will have a smaller impact on them

.Telegram - Advertisement - Joelle King was crowned the women’s champion while Mohamed ElShorbagy bagged the men’s title at the end of an exciting week of squash action in the MARIGOLD Singapore Squash Open, with the finals played on 20 Nov, Sunday, at the iconic glass showcourt specially built for the tournament at the OCBC Arena.Gaming Genshin Impact Artist Tobyn Jacobs created this impressive and highly-detailed lifesize paper figure of Noelle from Genshin Impact.LinkedIn DOHA: When Canada take to the pitch in their first World Cup match in 36 years on Wednesday (Nov 23), a country enamoured with ice hockey will showcase how much its men's soccer has evolved since they crashed out of the 1986 tournament winless and goalless.

Some platform companies also warned that the higher expected business costs may inevitably have to be shouldered by consumers and gig workers themselves, they said on Wednesday (Nov 23).Earlier in the day, the Government accepted all 12 recommendations by an advisory committee on platform workers spelling out how gig workers are to be compensated for work injuries.World number five and King of New Zealand saved game ball in the second game en route to her 3-0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-4) triumph over Egyptian world number six Nour El Tayeb.The committee also recommended that Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions be made compulsory for platform companies and gig workers, and legislative amendments will be made to allow gig workers to collectively bargain for their wages and benefits.But have you ever seen a human-sized paper figure of your main? You haven’t? Well, you will now! Artist Tobyn Jacobs created a life-size paper figurine of fan-favourite Knights of Favonius Maid and 4-star Geo Claymore user Noelle, even down to all the detail on her intricate dress and armour, mimicking the pose of her splash art.The advisory committee, which was convened in September 2021, said in its report their recommendations would ensure better financial protection, as well as housing and retirement adequacy for gig workers.King and ElShorbagy had both won the New Zealand Open last week.It will also enhance the representation of this group of workers who are often modestly paid but bear the risks of being injured while working, the committee added.The advent of MLS (Major League Soccer) has given way more opportunities for players to play.

The moves apply to gig workers who are subject to control by platform companies over the jobs they receive and accept, as well as fees for their services.Samuel Kang took on Raphael Kandra while Au Yeong Wai Yhann went up against Hollie Naughton, and late entrant Leia Lee Zi Fang faced the challenge of Welshwoman Emily Whitlock."I didn’t plan too too much, as relatively it wasn’t a project that consumed like a crazy amount of paper, at least compared to the cutouts I make," Jacobs said.This means that street-hailed taxi drivers, for example, are exempt from the moves given the"profound difference" in the business models between street-hail taxis and platform companies, said the vice-chairperson of the committee, Professor Danny Quah.The Digital Platforms Industry Association (DPIA), which represents platform companies, said in a statement that it is critical the Government ensures a level playing field for all digital platforms in Singapore.In the women’s event, Au Yeong was defeated by Canadian world number 17 Hollie Naughton 3-0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-2), while Lee lost to Whitlock 3-0 (11-1, 11-1, 11-2) in just under 20 minutes."The potential exclusion of some third-party logistics and taxi street-hail platforms, which also use platform workers for their business needs, could lead to price and market distortion," it said in a statement.And in total I think it took about four days, I would say," Jacobs shared.A spokesperson from Grab said that all industry players that employ gig workers should follow the recommendations to make them sustainable and effective.Home crowd was buzzing and I can’t wait for us to have more events like this in the future! Thanks to Singapore Squash for the wildcard and the organizing team for putting this event together,” posted Kang on his Instagram after his match."It's made it more aspirational for young kids to maybe play soccer instead of hockey.

“Grab is of the view that street-hail taxi and third-party logistics companies should also be covered under the set of recommendations as they similarly tap on gig workers with the same workplace protection needs for their business requirements," he added.Without a level playing field, the moves may encourage other industry players to innovate and fit their business models such that they are excluded from the moves too.Tayeb had a better start to the second game as she controlled play well to move her opponent around to earn game ball at 10-8.I mainly use Barbara and Lisa more, but ended up really liking her design, and ultimately decided that making her IRL would look sick, since she uses a giant claymore and is a battle maid," said Jacobs.This may then render the recommendations ineffective, said Grab's spokesperson.COSTS COULD BE BORNE BY GIG WORKERS, CONSUMERS Reacting to the announcements, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) said that it supported the recommendations by the advisory committee.It was full steam ahead for King, who dominated the third game to win her second title in as many weeks.While the recommendations covered the main problems faced by gig workers, NTUC also said that they should not be at the expense of their fair earnings and are not adversely affected.Watch all 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ LIVE on meWATCH.

Ms Yeo Wan Ling, advisor to the National Taxi Association, National Private Hire Vehicles Association, and National Delivery Champions Association, said the roll out of the recommendations is a significant step forward in advancing the protection of platform, but highlighted that more work lies ahead to operationalise the recommendations.It was such a tough match, I know it was 3-0, but the intensity was high and there was so much skill and athleticism on display here."Our associations will monitor the upcoming implementation of recommendations and continue engaging our platform workers to ensure that their concerns and queries are addressed,” she said.In their statements, platform companies were of the view that the moves will have an impact on their gig workers, especially those concerning the move to make CPF contributions mandatory.Congratulations to her on a great tournament, and I’m very pleased to win,” said 34-year-old King.Gojek noted that the move will mean lower take-home earnings for its gig workers.Said its spokesperson:"Implementing these recommendations will also impact costs to platforms and consumers, and driver-partners may experience lower demand for rides.Elias had defeated ElShorbagy en route to winning the US Open last month but on Sunday, the Peruvian third seed had no answers for his opponent’s pace and power.

Coupled with rising vehicle and fuel costs, we will work together with all industry partners to implement these changes whilst ensuring the sustainability of the ride-hail industry.” Foodpanda's spokesperson added that the recommendations will have a significant impact on riders, and additional support for them during the period of transition may also be necessary.ElShorbagy revealed later that a call to his younger brother Marwan, coupled with lessons learnt from his last encounter with Diego, were key to his victory in Singapore.“In addition, any implementation of measures must balance the needs of all stakeholders in the delivery ecosystem, especially considering today’s challenging economic environment," said the food delivery company."The measures should consider potential tradeoffs, for example, increasing costs that may inevitably have to be shouldered together with consumers and merchant partners.I wanted to understand what my brother did and how he beat him.This could inadvertently affect rider earnings,” the Foodpanda spokesperson noted.

The DPIA agreed that the changes would have to be evenly paced to"not disrupt the ecosystem of merchants, rider partners and consumers".But he has had many convincing wins against me."Given the nature of gig work, including complications such as the flexibility of on-demand payouts, this will not be a simple plug-and-play effort and will require significant work from all stakeholders to finetune the implementation details, to minimise the overall disruption for all parties involved," said the association."These measures will place an upward pressure on business costs, and we must recognise that this will impact the wider ecosystem, including merchants and consumers who may see increased prices, and our rider partners whose take-home earnings may be reduced," it said.There is no shame in wanting to ask players, especially if it is your younger brother.Related topics.

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