Uber Eats Deliverers in Japan to Get Worker Insurance Coverage

Politics

Tokyo, June 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese labor ministry's Labor Policy Council approved Friday a proposal to allow bicycle-based deliverers for Uber Eats and similar service platforms to join workers' accident compensation insurance programs under a special coverage system.

Such deliverers, as well as freelance information technology engineers, will be able to participate in the insurance programs under the special system from September after the ministry revises a related ordinance.

There are around 90,000 bicycle delivery workers in Japan, according to the Japan Food Delivery Service Association. Deliverers who work as sole proprietors may be unable to receive sufficient compensation if they are involved in traffic and other accidents during work.

Beginning in September, such workers will be able to join the accident compensation insurance programs after they apply for them and pay premiums.

As to criticisms of bad driving by some deliverers, officials of the association said at Friday's meeting of a subgroup of the ministry council that it plans to raise safety awareness among delivery workers through related seminars.

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