A government-enforced internet suspension has caused thousands of daily-earning riders to lose their jobs, leading to significant economic hardship for those reliant on the gig economy. This unexpected move has sparked outrage and raised concerns about the wider implications for vulnerable workers.
Daily-earning riders, who rely on online platforms to connect with customers and provide services, have been hit the hardest. These workers, often using motorcycles or bicycles, provide essential services such as food delivery, transportation, and courier services, making them a vital part of the urban workforce.
The internet suspension has severed the connection between riders and customers, leaving them without work. Unable to access the platforms they depend on, they have no means of income, plunging them and their families into financial despair. The sudden loss of work has made it difficult for many to support themselves, exacerbating the already difficult circumstances in which they find themselves.