The world is rapidly transforming and one of the biggest trends right now is the new world of work. But forget all the talk about a future of automation and robots. We’ve already reached a tipping point: 61 per cent of the world’s workforce is now informally employed.
In 2019, informal workers made some noise — in their home cities and at the highest global change-making bodies. They took to the streets, met with local officials and stood in front on the International Labour Organization in Geneva demanding to be seen, heard and, ultimately, treated with the respect and dignity they deserve as workers.
And they won.
Pushpa Rathod’s work days are unpredictable. On any given day, she may be talking to adolescents about their health, counseling women working in the informal economy on how to access daycare or advising community members on insurance, pensions or housing initiatives.