The Supreme Court requests the Center’s response to the plea alleging social benefits to concert workers
The Supreme Court requests the Center’s response to the plea alleging social benefits to concert workers

The Supreme Court requests the Center’s response to the plea alleging social benefits to concert workers

On Monday, the Supreme Court requested the center’s response to a plea for social security benefits for concert workers employed by food delivery and taxi apps such as Zomato and Uber and their recognition as disorganized workers.

A bench led by Judge L Nageswara Rao issued a motion for a petition filed by The Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers (IFAT) representing these workers.

The plea alleges that companies employing concert staff “have argued that there is no employment contract between them and the petitioners and that their relationship with the petitioners is in the nature of a partnership”, adding that “if such a claim were to be accepted this would be contrary to the purpose of social legislation … “

It said that denial of social security to these workers has led to their exploitation through forced labor under Article 23 of the Constitution, adding that “the right to livelihood includes the right to work on decent and fair working conditions”.

Senior lawyer Indira Jaisingh sought for the petitioners to obtain a declaration that the drivers or delivery staff are in fact artisans in the classical sense of the word. She pointed out that in the case of Uber employees, they have been considered workers internationally.

During the hearing, the bench, also consisting of Judge BR Gavai, referred to the Social Security Act passed by Parliament in 2020, which also brought concert and platform workers into its area of ‚Äč‚Äčoperation. The code itself has yet to be implemented, as the rules under it have not been notified.


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