A joint study was conducted in India and South Africa to find out working conditions in different startups.
The Walmart acquired E-commerce Company Flipkart has scored the highest points in FairWork’s fairness working condition, minimum wages, and other factors. FairWork is working with the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, the University of Manchester, University of Cape Town and the University of Western Cape on the academic research project. As the name suggests, this study is about the working conditions for the employees. It focuses on safety conditions, healthy, payment, nature of contract and more. It makes sure that these parameters are in line with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to rate different internet platforms their relationships with coworkers.
South Arica and India were selected as initial markets and the first batch of the gig economy ranked ride-hailing, freelance work platforms, the mix of delivery and more. During this study, Flipkart, an E-commerce giant was ranked the highest in India with its logistics arm eKart and delivery scoring 7/10. According to researchers’ assessment, Flipkart needs to improve the clarity and reflect the true nature of the relationship to score perfect 10, so there is a lot of work to be done.
Furthermore, three big tech platforms scored the worst number. Food delivery company Foodpanda, and on-demand cab service giants Ola and Uber scored only 2/10 with minimum wage for employees and poor performance in every criterion. In South Africa, NoSweat scored 8/10, the highest points for hitting the targets on pay and some other conditions. Bolt a cab service company in South Africa scored the lowest number of 4/10. Uber, too had a moderate performance with a 5/10 score. Even with a low score, Uber had offered more protections for Workers in South Africa as compared to India.