The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has signed an agreement with Uber to let people sign up for driving for the service via the National Career Service online portal. The portal aims to connect those looking for work with career counsellors, placement organizations and employers. With this agreement, Uber aims to find drivers through a government recognised career portal.
The labour ministry wishes to encourage micro-entrepreneurship via technology platforms like Uber. The cab hailing company would offer an alternative to the increasing use of on-call scheduling, or zero hour contracts. These minimise labour costs by keeping employees on a constantly changing schedule. Uber claims that since they do not have any specific schedule lined up, their employees would be free to work when they want to.
In order to promote these opportunities, Uber will create a new ‘Start Your Business’ page on its website. As per the company, this would offer an easier way for people to sign up to drive with them. It will also provide them with a way to access vehicle financing services in case they do not have a car of their own.
Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary of Ministry of Labour and Employment said, “We partnered with Uber to help people across India to become micro entrepreneurs as there is tremendous need for this kind of independent, flexible work.”
"We partnered with Uber to help people across India to become micro entrepreneurs as there is tremendous need for this kind of independent, flexible work", said Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary of Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Yesterday, Uber announced that it was changing its logo. In the company’s official blog, the CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick explained that there were a number of reasons for the change in logo, but the most important reason was that “Uber is getting ready to go global.” However, not everyone understood the need to change the logo and social media was a awash with people trolling the company over the new logo.
Source: Economic Times