The Morrison Government must act on the recommendations of a senate committee report to extend equal rights for workers in the gig economy.
The Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers has recommended legislative reform to ensure that people working in the gig economy will have the basic work rights like superannuation, workers compensation, the right to negotiate together for a better deal, and the right to basic leave that extend to employees under our current laws.
This reform would be an important first step to ensuring businesses can’t use the changing technological landscape and legal loopholes to short-change working people.
Big business today uses complex strategies to organise its workforce in ways that help it avoid the obligations and protections that working people have won over the past two centuries.
Whether it’s digital gig platforms, sham contracting, outsourcing, labour hire or the use of subsidiaries and franchises that stand between workers and stronger rights, our laws needs to catch up and close down these avoidance techniques.
Quotes attributable to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus:
“All working people deserve basic rights. A secure job with a living wage, the right to negotiate for a better deal, leave for when you’re sick or need a break, super for when you retire, and protection from being injured or harmed at work.
“But over recent years businesses have used loopholes in our laws and advances in technology to deny people the rights that working people fought for, sacrificed and won over many decades.
“The Morrison Government must act on the recommendations for reform contained in today’s senate report as a first step to restoring these basic rights for people in the gig economy.
“These reforms must ensure that corporations are not allowed to reorganise their workforces in order to escape their obligation to workers.”