PETALING JAYA: The government must set up a task force to study labor laws to adapt to new industries, new labor trends and flexible work-life balance, said lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla.
“We need to study labor laws from all angles so that no one is left behind,” he said. the sun commenting on the recent protest by Grab delivery workers who claimed the company was offering unfair pay and incentives, which forced them to strike.
Delivery people are part of the emerging gig industry where individuals work flexible hours and at their own pace to perform specific tasks, such as making deliveries, cleaning homes and offices or even offering services such as l freelance writing and makeup – all typically involving the use of an app to make reservations.
On-demand work appeals to millennials who prefer not to be bound by fixed work schedules and wages. They prefer the flexible schedules and income offered by concerts.
Haniff said this trend calls for new labor laws that address the demands of gig workers.
A 28-year-old Grab runner, who wanted to be known as Ashraf, said construction workers need to understand that they are in part-time jobs and should not expect a employer treats them as full-time employees.
“If you don’t like the terms or payment offered by a certain company, you can always look for another one, but we cannot expect the company to comply with our requests.”
Ashraf said gig workers are free to choose and manage their time based on what works best for them.
“For me, I have a personal goal of how much I want to earn per day, and I do several gigs a day to reach my goal. If I ever exceed it, I consider the extra income a bonus.
Another gig worker, who wanted to be known as Syahirah, 24, expressed anger at the protest by Grab riders earlier this month, saying it only caused them more problems.
“The government can’t interfere in a company’s policy, but it (the government) can change its own policies. And that is exactly what happened,” she said, referring to Transport Minister Datuk Sri Dr Wee Ka Siong’s announcement that Law 333 of the Road Transport Act would be amended. to regulate the mobile phone industry, to which couriers are subject.
Last week, Wee announced that gig riders will soon have to register and obtain licenses as part of changes to create a database to regulate the industry.
He, however, denied reports that delivery people had to obtain the license to drive the goods or have their motorcycles inspected by Puspakom.
“We have not yet decided when the registration and licensing process will take place, but the objective is to ensure that the riders are regulated and that we have a complete database of all the riders in the country without weigh them down unduly.
“There will be no vehicle inspection as such and riders will not go through such processes. This is not true and it will not be necessary since many do it part-time.