Online platform workers allegedly underpaid – Ministry of Labor of Thailand

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, many people have been working from home and many have become freelancers. The idea may sound good on paper, but they faced many challenges due to limited access to government welfare and being underpaid and undervalued.

The Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Ministry of Labor organized a forum for people to voice their concerns and explain how employment conditions had not lived up to expectations.

During the pandemic, many people were made redundant and some businesses were forced to shut down or close. Currently, there is an increase in new jobs in the digital space for commerce and services, which has helped with short-term employment contracts.

Self-employed people like street vendors, freelancers, and short-term contractors relied on getting jobs through the internet. The downside is that they may be rejected if they need social assistance and government benefits.

The study, which included 1,000 people from August 2020 to March 2021, found frequent unequal wages and unequal workplace wellbeing issues. Organizations should provide clear agreements, define a minimum wage and promote business and financial literacy among this group of workers.

THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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