The platform economy needs more than a new labour law

The app-based gig economy emerged as a disruptor almost a decade ago. Today, it’s crumbling under its own weight, exposing millions of workers to the uncertainties of the future.

Platforms such as Uber, Swiggy and UrbanClap were seen as the future of work by many, but as the gig economy scaled up, it also developed several fault lines. The sheer pace of expansion didn’t give enough time for policymakers to devise guidelines to shape its growth. Workers’ incomes have fallen, they have become slaves to algorithms and have no way out. 

Regulatory intervention seems to be the need of the …

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Pradip K. Saha

Pradip is a co-founder at The Morning Context and leads our newsletters vertical. He has previously worked at The Ken as a staff writer, at Mint as an assistant features editor and the Deccan Chronicle as a copy editor. He works with a slew of expert newsletter writers across subjects and domains. His own writing spans the gig economy, farmers caught in the crossfire of technology, global warming and parents trapped in the edtech wave. Some of his best stories have come at the intersection of technology and human endeavour.

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