Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers

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IFAT
इंडियन फेडरेशन ऑफ अँप-बेस्ड ट्रांसपोर्ट वर्कर्स
Indian Federation of App based Transport Workers logo.png
Founded22 September 2019
Location
Members
20,000 (claimed)[1]
Key people
Udaykumar Ambonkar, Chairman
Prashant Sawardekar, President, Shaik Salauddin General Secretary, kamaljeet Gill,Vice president
AffiliationsITF
Websitewww.ifat.org.in

The Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers (IFAT) (Hindi: इंडियन फेडरेशन ऑफ ऐप-आधारित ट्रांसपोर्ट वर्कर्स, Indiyan phedareshan oph aip-aadhaarit traansaport varkars) is a trade union federation of ride-sharing and other gig transport workers. In India, this includes the workers on platforms such as Ola, Uber, Swiggy, Zomato, Rapido and Dunzo. The federation is affiliated with the International Transport Workers Federation.

Organisation and affiliates[edit]

History[edit]

IFAT was founded on September 22, 2019 at a conference in Mumbai.[2] Demands at its founding conference included a minimum price per kilometre, a welfare board for drivers and government insurance.[1][3]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, IFAT demanded that companies should provide their workers with personal protective equipment and called on the government to provide insurance to gig transport workers. According to the union, over 38,000 workers took part in nationwide protests for these demands in June 2020.[4] The union also criticised the decision by companies to make downloading the Aarogya Setu contact tracing app mandatory for drivers, saying that it would allow the companies to track their workers.[5] In September of that year, IFAT workers with Swiggy went on strike to demand the restoration of an old payment structure in which they received more money for deliveries between three and six kilometres.[6]

In February 2021, IFAT workers went on strike in Hyderabad, demanding an increase in fares to compensate for rising fuel prices.[7]

In September 2021, IFAT filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court, with regards to the employee classification, specifically inclusion in the Unorganised Workers' Social Security Act 2008.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers: A case study. China Labour Bulletin (Report). 20 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers launched in Mumbai" (Press release). International Transport Workers Federation. 23 December 2019.
  3. ^ Ajeet Mahale (22 December 2019). "Cab aggregator unions form national federation". The Hindu.
  4. ^ Abhinav Narayan Jha (12 June 2020). "Ola, Uber, Swiggy, Zomato आदि के ड्राइवर पार्टनर्स ने PPE किट और हाइजीन सपोर्ट की कमी पर जताया विरोध". Tech Samvad.
  5. ^ "App-based workers worry over misuse of Aarogya Setu by employers". New Indian Express. 4 June 2020.
  6. ^ Nanisetti, Serish (22 September 2020). "Food delivery executives continue agitation". The Hindu.
  7. ^ "Hyderabad: Cab drivers hold protest, demand increase in taxi fare". 18 February 2021.
  8. ^ Naraharisetty, Rohitha (22 September 2021). "Gig and Delivery Workers Approach Supreme Court Seeking Social Security". The Swaddle. Retrieved 5 June 2022.