Issues facing gig economy workers being studied

Deputy Human Resources Minister Mahfuz Omar says the special committee will look for ways to create a ‘win-win’ situation between workers in the gig economy and employers.

ALOR SETAR: The special committee set up by the government to draw up a long-term solution to gig economy-related issues will focus on the welfare of workers and how to prevent them from being exploited by employers.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Mahfuz Omar said the committee would look for ways to create a “win-win” situation between workers and employers.

“Negotiations with the ministry involved are still in progress,” he told reporters after opening the Labour Enrichment and Professionalism (LEAP) Seminar here today.

He was asked to comment on the government’s move to protect the welfare of workers involved in the gig economy and to avoid issues involving employees of food delivery companies from cropping up again.

The setting up of the special committee, comprising the youth and sports ministry, human resources ministry, and domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry, was announced by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently.

The gig economy refers to the economic activities carried out by individuals selling services to other people, carried out either full-time or part-time.

On the seminar, organised by the Department of Trade Union Affairs Affairs and Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Bhd, Mahfuz said it was aimed at enhancing knowledge, skills and professionalism of workers.

“This seminar is to prepare workers for the changing work environment, apart from ensuring that their jobs remain relevant, despite the change in technology in line with the Industrial Revolution 4.0,” he said.