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Law to protect drivers raises cost concerns

A Grab Food delivery driver in Bangkok. Somchai Poomlard

A draft bill meant to protect independent workers and improve their quality of life has unsettled online food delivery platforms as they are concerned about higher costs and having to pass the burden onto customers.

The bill is being deliberated by the Council of State, the government’s legal arm.

One of the bill’s key elements is to set up a fund aimed at raising freelancers’ quality of life and protecting them.

Money in the fund can be used for various purposes, including sponsoring accident and health insurance and welfare for independent workers, and providing them with loans.

According to the legislation, freelancers and their employers will have to make…

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