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11 Oct 2021

Shweta Routh, Logical Indian

India: Urban Company vows to improve workers' conditions after beauticians & spa attendants strike over commission, pay & unsafe working conditions

"Urban Company Promises To Enhance Partners' Earnings After Women Employees Claim Exploitation", 11 October 2021

More than 100 beauticians employed by the firm went on strike...They were protesting...against low wages, high commissions collected by the organisation, and unsafe working conditions.

The striking women, working as beauticians and spa attendants, accused the company of "unfair trade practises" and raising commissions it charges them to as much as 30 per cent...

They further claimed that the corporation does not offer them any insurance. And they are frequently allocated to night shifts...

...the women were compelled to purchase beauty goods from the company rather than from the market. The employees mentioned that these products have considerable markup over market costs.

The ladies claimed that if they accomplish less than 30 jobs in a month, they are charged ₹2,000. They alleged that the company had cautioned them against calling for a strike through an official communication...

Urban Company will take strict police action against anyone who stops other partners from going to work," the message read...

In a blog post, the company said that it is "not perfect" and "might have made mistakes in our journey". It further informed that they are going to roll out programmes aimed at benefitting the employees.

"Under no circumstances, will we ever shy away from doing the right thing for our stakeholders," Urban Company said.

"One of the tweets recently claimed that a beauty partner made Rs 67 for 4 orders. This is a mis-representation...The screenshot shown is not that of her earnings page but a settlement ledger of the bank transfer. The partner accepted cash payments for 2 orders and online payment for the remaining two. Her net earnings after UC commissions and other fees for the 4 orders in question delivered between 1–3 Oct was Rs 1,941."

"We will publish an update on this blogpost at the end of October with the revised data. Our estimates suggest that in the offline world, service professionals earn on average between Rs 12,000-15,000 per month," it added.