In a joint release received by Reuters on Wednesday (Nov. 23), the proposed social security benefits would cover drivers and couriers working over 40 hours a week on average while driving for one or more platforms. The statement was also co-signed by worker-rights activist groups.
Uber, DiDi and Rappi did not immediately respond to PYMNTS’ request for the joint statement or other comments.
“It’s time to take the next step and find a point of consensus … and start improving conditions,” said Tonatiuh Anzures, Didi Global’s director of government affairs in Mexico, in a Reuters interview.
While there were few details given on how companies will pay for social security costs in the statement, the proposal is a huge step forward for gig workers’ rights internationally.
Gig workers are a growing necessity for our modern world. A recent PYMNTS interview found that most gig economy platforms are hoping to see double-digit growth in the number of gig workers they will have to pay in 2023.
So, with the potential for more benefits offered to gig workers in Mexico, drivers for ride-hailing apps in the country could increase, playing into the trend PYMNTS research has found is on the rise.