Global tech

The family of a gig economy rider killed delivering food will receive workers comp in a landmark ruling that he was an employee

- June 23, 2022 3 MIN READ

A landmark decision by the NSW government disputes resolution body, the Personal Injury Commission, with see the family of a food delivery rider killed in a traffic accident in 2020 receive $830,000 in compensation after food company and its insurer accepted liability for his death. Xiaojun Chen, 43, died in September 2020 after his bike… Read more »

Business

DoorDash strikes landmark union deal for gig workers

- May 10, 2022 2 MIN READ

Food delivery tech company DoorDash has signed a pioneering agreement with the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) that sets out safety and fairness standards for gig workers. Amid ongoing legal battles by global tech companies over the employment status of gig economy workers, the first-of-its-kind agreement between an Australian union and a delivery platform sets out… Read more »

Future of work

Why gig economy workers need more support and better ways to cope with job uncertainty

- March 14, 2022 3 MIN READ

This weekend, you might hit “place order” for a meal delivery. Or jump in a ride share to meet friends. In both cases, you’ll be engaging a gig worker. “Gig worker” is a term that generally refers to people who get work through smartphone apps – think Uber, Ola, AirTasker, Snappr, and others. Approximately 250,000… Read more »

Airtasker
ASX

Airtasker jobs have soared after lockdowns, up 70%

- November 25, 2021 2 MIN READ

Casual jobs marketplace Airtasker this week held its first AGM since listing six months ago and despite the disruption of 2021’s pandemic lockdowns, pent-up demand to get things done has seen use of the platform soar. Airtasker’s (ASX:ART) gross marketplace volume (GMV) – a measure of activity on the platform –  crossed $200 million as… Read more »

Other

THE GIG’S UP: Fair Work Commission’s finds Deliveroo driver was unfairly dismissed because he was an employee, not a contractor

- May 19, 2021 4 MIN READ

The ruling by Australia’s Fair Work Commission that online food delivery platform Deliveroo unfairly dismissed driver Diego Franco marks a major shift in the Australian “gig” economy. What’s most significant is the commission has ruled Franco was, in fact, an employee of Deliveroo, not an independent contractor – the legal strategy platform companies use to… Read more »

Politics

Labor leader Anthony Albanese is pushing for more protections for gig economy workers

- February 10, 2021 3 MIN READ

Anthony Albanese will risk a backlash from employers when he releases an industrial relations policy promising a Labor government would substantially increase the legal rights and protections for Australians in insecure work. Wednesday’s policy unveiling will ensure industrial relations is a major political battleground in coming months, with the opposition already declaring it will vote… Read more »