Skip to main content

ITF launch gig economy employer principles before landmark Prop 22 vote in California

ニュース 02 Nov 2020

On the eve of the landmark vote on Proposition 22 in California, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has launched 10 gig economy employer principles. These demand an end to misclassification, as well as specific demands on social protections for gig workers related to living wages, safety, algorithmic management and data security.

On 3 November, Californian voters will be asked to decide on the future employment status of millions of riders, drivers and workers. This comes after Uber, Lyft and the other sponsors introduced a ballot measure asking Californians to exempt them from the ground-breaking AB5 state employment legislation, which makes it harder for companies to misclassify workers as self-employed contractors.

The companies argue that contractor classification benefits workers, but in reality it deprives them of job security, health care and paid sick leave, and allows companies to slash benefits, deny workers a minimum wage and social security protections.

“Gig employers like Uber and Lyft, through their 'Yes on Prop 22' campaign, have chosen to prioritise costly court cases and advertising campaigns to protect their corporate greed, instead of helping the employees who form the backbone of their businesses. With Covid-19 plunging even more people into precarity, these companies have made it clear they care more about profit margins than the people who work for them,” said ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

“We call on these companies, and others across the globe, to read the ITF’s 10 gig economy principles and recognise that they have responsibilities to their workers' rights. Now more than ever is the time for companies, particularly multinationals, to fully discharge their corporate responsibility to respect human rights and raise the bar industry-wide.”

The $200 million 'Yes on Prop 22' campaign has seen Uber and the other sponsors flout internationally-accepted business and human rights principles in their pursuit of special status in California that would result in poorer pay, labour exploitation and more precarious work for millions of workers. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic that has hit essential gig workers hard, it is a perfect case study on irresponsible business conduct.

“The world needs more laws like AB5 that afford proper protections to millions of transport workers and dismantle business models built on exploitation and poor labour standards. We call on all Californian voters to vote ‘no’ to protect their transport workers, and at the end of the day, protect themselves,” said Cotton.

A number of countries have now classified gig economy workers as employees, said Baker Khundakji, ITF Youth Officer.

“Judges and regulators are coming to the same realisation: the gig economy is an employer like any other and gig workers are increasingly being recognised as employees, most recently in Spain,” said Khundakji.

“Gig workers around the world are tired of being exploited and tired of being misclassified as contractors. AB5 ends misclassification, which is a key demand of the ITF gig economy principles, and offers a sound basis for improving gig workers’ working conditions.”

“At a time when inequality is on the rise, and platform companies are poised to become an increasingly common source of income – for the sake of preserving decent work and ensuring that inequality and the erosion of workers’ rights is not further exacerbated – we say vote no to Prop 22, and then let’s take AB5 global!” said Khundakji.
 

The ITF gig economy employer principles:

  1. Health, safety and PPE for all workers with adequate and appropriate provision of personal protection equipment and sanitation facilities, and specific protections against violence and harassment in the workplace;
  2. Correct employment status classification and an end to disguised employment relationships;
  3. A labour protection floor that enforces ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, including gender rights, freedom of association and collective bargaining. These rights should be embodied in the algorithms themselves.
  4. Living wages, regardless of employment status, with negotiated cost recovery formulas for fairly classified self-employed workers. Workers must be paid on time, and should receive tips in full at the moment they are paid.
  5. Human and humane control where workers in the gig economy have their work conditioned and controlled by software and data. Named individuals should be responsible for the software and its impacts on workers. 
  6. Fair digital contracts – flexibility should not come at the cost of decent working conditions. Deactivations  from the app should follow a fair process in which appeals are heard. Contracts should specify rights to data, and changes to working conditions should be consulted and negotiated. Workers ratings should be portable across apps.
  7. Workers’ data rights – workers produce data that is then used to control their work, so they have the right to know what data is collected, what it is used for, where it is stored, and how the software built on it works. They should enjoy free access to all the data collected on them during working time, in recognition that it is their data since they created it.
  8. Gender neutral software – platforms must ensure that their algorithms and digital processes are tested so that gender biases against women in relation to pay, safety and other issues can be eliminated.
  9. Access to social protections including healthcare, pensions and other forms of social security and insurance protection; and,
  10. Paying taxes – social protections are paid by the state, but can only be paid for if companies adopt responsible business practices, such as paying their share of taxes.

現場の声

ニュース 記者発表資料 10 Jun 2024

不透明な船籍ビジネスの代償を払わされる船員

紅海で発生した事件は、「便宜置籍船」の増殖を許すことの危険性を示している。 ITF マリタイム・コーディネーターの ジャクリーン・スミス – アルジャジーラ による報道。 4 月 13 日、イラン・イスラム革命防衛隊の海軍部隊が、ホルムズ海峡でポルトガル船籍のコンテナ船、 MSC アリエス号を拿捕し、乗組員を拘束した。本船はスイスに本社を置くメディタレニアン海運会社が、イスラエルの大富豪エアフ
ニュース 06 Jun 2024

「組合か仕事かどちらかを選べ」と言われた港湾労働者たち

 トルコの港湾労働者は、敵対的な使用者から、自ら組合を選んで加入する権利を攻撃されている。  ボルサン港の港湾労働者は 3 月、港湾労組の リマン・イシュ に加入した。使用者のボルサン・ロジスティック AS はこれを受け、 6 人を解雇した。この6人はその後、地元の政治家の介入により、復職した。  5 月 21 日、同社は労働者が自ら選んだ組合に加入する権利を尊重するという約束を反故にし、 37
ニュース 04 Jun 2024

オーストラリアの戦略的船隊が海運の重要性を実証

国際運輸労連( ITF )は、アルバネーゼ政権の第 3 次予算において、オーストラリア戦略的船隊への投資が発表されたことを歓迎する。 豪州戦略的船隊は、 2022 年の連邦政府選挙の重要な公約であり、 オーストラリアのような主要島嶼国の経済における海運と貨物輸送の重要性に焦点をあてるものだ。 戦略的商船隊の設立を支援するため、 2024 年から 25 年までの 5 年間で 2,170