The High Court of Delhi on Monday sought a response from cab aggregators Uber and Ola on whether their drivers would fall under the category of employees/workmen so as to be eligible for receiving benefits under labour laws. Notice was also issued to the Centre and the Delhi Government. The matter will now be heard on August 10.
The notice was issued by Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva on a Petition filed by the Delhi Commercial Driver Union seeking setting up of a committee to examine if these drivers should be classified as their employees, and thereby monitor the implementation of various labour laws. This committee would also look into their grievances and make appropriate recommendations in order to improve their pay, working conditions, and receipt of benefits such as compensation in cases of accidents or deaths. The recommendations of this committee have been prayed to be issued as guidelines to be adhered to by Ola and Uber.
The Petition claims to represent over one driver drivers operating in the National Capital Territory, and alleges that the drivers are being subjected to deplorable working and pay conditions, due to “arbitrary deductions in their payments without even giving them a chance to respond” . […]