Indonesian Gig Workers Struggle With Limited Rights, Low Pay

indonesian gig workers struggle with limited rights low pay

indonesian gig workers struggle with limited rights low pay

In Indonesia, the gig economy, like ride-sharing and food delivery apps, has grown rapidly in the last decade. These apps provide jobs for many Indonesians, but there’s a big problem: the laws haven’t kept up with this growth, leaving workers without proper rights.

Apps like Gojek and Grab, which offer rides and food delivery, have become a major income source for millions of people in Indonesia. But unlike in countries like the UK, where gig workers have certain rights like minimum wage and paid leave, in Indonesia, these workers don’t get such benefits.

Here’s the issue, Indonesian regulations mainly focus on rideshare apps, not food delivery. So, workers for apps like Shopee Food often earn less than those in ride-hailing. 

The rules put more responsibility on the drivers, not the companies. The companies call themselves technology companies, not transport services, to avoid stricter regulations.

The biggest problem is that gig workers in Indonesia aren’t seen as employees, but as ‘partners.’ This partnership status means they miss out on legal protections that regular workers get, like minimum wage and sick leave. Critics argue that this partnership model is just a way for these platforms to avoid giving proper employment rights.

Unfortunately, Indonesia hasn’t made significant changes to improve gig workers’ conditions. Many work long hours and earn less than the minimum wage. The term ‘partnership’ is misleading because the platforms, not the workers, make most decisions.

With the initial phase of high earnings and incentives over, gig workers are now facing poor working conditions and low pay. This situation has made many of them want to quit, but finding other jobs is hard. So, there’s a strong need for new policies to better protect these workers and ensure they are treated fairly.

While the gig economy in Indonesia has provided many jobs, it has also led to unfair working conditions due to inadequate regulations. There’s a need for policy changes to ensure gig workers get the rights and protections they deserve.

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