We will look after gig workers, says Zahid

THE setting up of the Gig Economy Commission will be sped up once approval from the Cabinet is received, says Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The statement came in the wake of protests by ehailing riders last week over grouses of pay structure.

Ahmad Zahid said he had put forward the proposal before the state elections last year after meeting with industry players to further ensure the welfare of gig workers.

“I believe that the commission needs to be formed soon as there are over 1.2 million workers involved in the sector.

“They need to contribute to Socso (Social Security Organisation) and the employers, too, must ensure that, on top of the contributions to EPF (Employee Provident Fund).

“Despite some challenges, I am committed, alongside Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, to realise the commission,” he told reporters in Klang, yesterday.

Last July, Ahmad Zahid said the commission – tentatively called SEGiM – would resolve issues in the informal work ecosystem as well as create initiatives that would take care of the welfare of consumers, vendors, traders, workers and service platform providers.

However, then human resources minister V. Sivakumar said in November that the government had no plan to set up the commission as it would overlap with other committees.

Last Friday, a peaceful protest was held by a group of about 300 delivery riders to demand that an ehailing company resolve several issues, such as reinstating the previous base fare for deliveries within the Klang Valley and maintaining pickup bonuses.