Cracks widen in SE Asia's gig economy as worker discontent grows

Cracks widen in SE Asia's gig economy as worker discontent grows

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GrabBike driver Nguyen Duy Dat moved from Tuyen Quang, a northern province in Vietnam, to capital Hanoi in hope of giving his family a better life.

His gig economy job paid well enough. The 30-year-old father of two would drive for 10-14 hours every day to earn 1.1 million dong ($46). After deducting fuel expenses and Grab’s commission, he took home about 700,000 to 770,000 dong ($30 to $32), at least double the daily earnings of an average Vietnamese urban worker.

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