Labour Politics of App-based Driving in Vietnam and Beyond


About the Webinar

Platform-based food delivery and ride-hailing services in Vietnam have enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past eight years. Drivers for these platforms, adorned with the colours and logos of various apps, have become a ubiquitous sight in urban centres, and millions of people now use the services as a standard part of their daily lives.

This webinar looks into the labour politics of ride-hailing and food delivery platforms in Vietnam. It examines drivers’ legal status, wages and working conditions, as well as efforts and struggles to improve them. The focus will be on actions and debates within and among the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the state-led Vietnam General Confederation of Labour, and workers’ self-organized initiatives. The webinar will also contextualize the activism by comparing it to the history of labour activism in the country. More importantly, the webinar will put it in the regional and global perspectives, considering how it converges with or diverges from labour politics of app-based driving elsewhere in Southeast Asia and around the world.

About the Speaker

Joe Buckley is a labour researcher who has written, taught, and consulted widely on labour and development issues in Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam. He is currently a visiting fellow in the Vietnam Studies Programme at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, researching Vietnam’s gig economy. He is the author of the book Vietnamese Labour Militancy: Capital-labour Antagonisms and Self-organised Struggles (Routledge, 2022). Joe received his PhD in International Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2020.


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Oct 14 2022


10:00 am - 11:00 am