By Marelle Ruijgrok
Upon entering the committee on Thursday, only twenty-five minutes after the official starting point, the committee is already engrossed in a debate regarding the setting of the agenda topic. There was a clear majority that is in favor of discussing topic A, which is titled, “The gig economy”.
As the formal debate starts, Vietnam and Zimbabwe highlight the importance that the solutions which are to be brought about in this committee need to be of a holistic nature, and not only focus on those of well-developed countries. Those economies which are less developed and growing should not be forgotten. There is also a call for a clarity of definition regarding the difference between self-employment and full-employment by the delegate of Vietnam, in order to protect those who need protecting within the Gig Economy and help the economy further develop in each and every country.
As the chairs scroll the speaker’s list and listen to more and more views on the topic, the note-passing between the silent delegates has begun. These written conversations allow for alliances to be made during the formal debate, or are they mainly used for flirting and puns to be discretely shared amongst the delegates? Only those passing the notes will know the secrets that they contain, but listening to the debate and the stances, it does appear that the note-passing is, for now at least, still very much concerned with the debate.
The start of Friday’s session begins with a moderated caucus in an attempt to seek and determine the defining factors of a gig economy. This motion, raised by the delegate of Brazil, highlights the importance of clarity within the committee and follows what had been mentioned the previous day. This is to make sure that the defining characteristics are of a similar nature in order to provide a solid platform from which to seek a solution, as the gig economy is inherently complex and vague.
As the committee descends into an unmoderated caucus, the delegates eagerly roam the room, seeking alliances, deals and a way of furthering their countries’ agenda.