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Mexico's digital economy faces labour reform pressures

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Significance

The bill will be debated when the new legislature elected in the June 6 mid-term elections is sworn in and starts sessions in September. Besides this bill, the Senate (upper house) is considering three other initiatives to redefine the labour relationship between platforms and their contracted services providers.

Impacts

  • High drop-out rates among students in upper secondary school and higher education will increase the number of young gig workers.
  • Women will continue to represent a minority of digital platforms’ workers, widening gender-based economic inequality.
  • Regulations to improve working conditions in the digital gig economy will have a limited impact on reducing Mexico’s informal economy.

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