Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Research from the World Bank states that online freelance workers (online gig workers), including online motorcycle taxi drivers, have difficulty paying debts and have no savings.
Regarding this, the General Chair of the Online Drivers Association (ADO) Taha Syafaril said that he had not actually researched the calculations regarding ojol and online taxi (taxol) debts.
However, what he knows is that online ojol and taxi revenues have experienced a very drastic decline.
Meanwhile, the income for the application provider is getting bigger because there is a discount for every order. Apart from that, there is also an additional application fee for each order.
“If an application creates a promotional price package, this price will definitely cut the costs of ojol and taxol partners, but will not cut the application’s income,” Taha told CNBC Indonesia, Monday (11/9/2023).
Furthermore, regarding the fate of drivers, currently almost 50 percent of ojol and taxol partners are just surviving. He admitted that he didn’t know why orders were so hard to get. Is there a priority system in the algorithm installed by the application provider.
“Or indeed orders are quiet,” he added briefly.
For this reason, drivers want the partnership agreement to be legalized by the relevant government institutions, so that the partnership relationship between transportation providers and technology providers can be regulated as fairly as possible.
World Bank Research
As previously reported, in a World Bank report entitled Working Without Borders: The Promise and Peril of Online Gig Work, researchers collected data on freelance workers who use online platforms in several countries, including Indonesia.
The World Bank estimates that 6-7 percent of informal workers in Indonesia are online freelancers. Of all workers who depend on these online platforms, 63 percent of them work in big cities.
The majority of their types of work are delivering goods (44%), delivering people such as motorbike taxis and online taxis (35%), daily tasks such as shopping for other people (28%), and logistics (19%).
World Bank research shows that the majority of ojol and other online workers understand investment and financial services better than other informal workers. As many as 68 percent of online workers have a bank account. They are also able to set aside some of their income for savings.
However, even though they are more financially literate, the majority of ojol and other online workers are still classified as vulnerable because they do not have social and labor protection.
The story of Ojol drivers is starting to worry about their income