THE Uber 🇧🇷UBER) and the apps Of delivery DiDi and rappi proposed for the first time social security benefits to workers in the Mexico before a new government bill regulates the sector.
At companies said on Wednesday in a statement jointly signed by workers’ rights groups, they are open to granting the benefits to drivers and couriers who work an average of more than 40 hours a week on one or more platforms.
The companies did not agree to classify the drivers as employees, however, few details were given on how payments for social security costs would be split.
Mexican Labor Minister Luisa Alcalde said authorities are working on a bill, which she hopes to introduce before the end of the year, that will bring app workers into the “formal economy”.
It is not yet clear whether the bill will seek to make drivers and delivery people employees of the platforms or will propose other reforms in line with the proposal released this Wednesday by the apps.
Industry companies oppose calls for workers on their rigs to be regarded as employees rather than independent service providers, saying the move will hurt their business models.
The statement from Uber, Chinese mobility company DiDi Global and Latin American delivery app Rappi also suggested establishing mechanisms to ensure fair pay according to time worked, but did not provide details.
“It’s time to take the next step and find common ground… and start improving conditions” of work, said Tonatiuh Anzures, director of government affairs for DiDi in Mexico.
Any changes will depend on further negotiations and government support, added Anzures.
Nicolas Sanchez, Uber’s head of public policy in Mexico, said he expected the extra costs to be low, but the company was “open to them” if the industry, which encompasses about 500,000 people in the country, can maintain flexibility. .
Mexico’s Ministry of Labor did not comment on the matter.
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