Deliveroo safety reps elected in milestone

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 5-Jan-21

Riders from food delivery company Deliveroo in Sydney recently elected seven health and safety representatives (HSRs) from among their ranks. It represents the first election of HSRs in the Australian gig economy, with the HSRs having various powers, such as being able to issue emergency stop work directions, while Deliveroo will pay them for their time when they are involved in tackling safety issues. The Transport Workers’ Union has described the election of the seven HSRs as a milestone for the gig economy, while Deliveroo has urged riders with any safety concerns to contact their HSR.

CORPORATES
DELIVEROO AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, TRANSPORT WORKERS’ UNION

Gig workers oppose Labor’s job proposals

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 20-Sep-18

A Senate committee has released a report which has recommended greater regulation of the gig economy in order to protect workers in the sector. Amongst other things, the inquiry into the future of work has recommended broadening the definition of an employee to include workers in the gig economy, who are generally regarded as independent contractors. However, some people who work as ride-sharing drivers say the flexibility of their working hours is a key attraction and they will quit the sector if there is any change to their employment status.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, UBER AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, TAXIFY, RIDE SHARE DRIVERS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA

Independent contractors a major issue for Fair Work Ombudsman

Original article by Cara Waters
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 5-Sep-18

Sandra Parker supports comments by Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan that there are two grey areas regarding the distinction between employee and contractor that need clarification. One area that Jordan has identified is whether workers are paid to deliver a result or are paid for services provided; the other is if a worker gets 80 per cent of their income from one source, it is deemed to be income, even if they are a contractor. Parker, who was recently appointed as the new Fair Work Ombudsman, was speaking at a recent business summit. She also told the summit that she intended to continue the focus of her predecessor Natalie James on small business.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN, FOODORA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, VODAFONE AUSTRALIA LIMITED

Pay order spells ‘ruin’ for truckies

Original article by Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 8-Apr-16

Transport Workers’ Union national secretary Tony Sheldon has welcomed a court ruling on new pay rates for owner-drivers in the trucking industry. He argues the new pay regime will improve industry safety. He has also urged the Australian Government and trucking industry bodies to support the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, which proposed the new pay rates. However, there are concerns that many owner-drivers will be forced out of the industry and that the cost of transporting goods by road will rise.

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TRANSPORT WORKERS’ UNION, AUSTRALIA. ROAD SAFETY REMUNERATION TRIBUNAL, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS OF AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EMPLOYMENT, AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE AUSTRALIAN SMALL BUSINESS AND FAMILY ENTERPRISE OMBUDSMAN

Top court challenge for road tribunal

Original article by Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 7-Apr-16

Independent Contractors Australia (ICA) will launch legal action in a bid to overturn a Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal ruling on pay rates in the trucking industry. It will impose minimum pay rates for owner-drivers, but executive director Ken Phillips believes that the ruling is unconstitutional and constitutes price fixing on commercial contracts. He warns that the ruling would force many owner-drivers out of the industry.

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AUSTRALIA. ROAD SAFETY REMUNERATION TRIBUNAL, INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS OF AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, CHRISTOPHER LEVINGSTON AND ASSOCIATES PTY LTD, TRANSPORT WORKERS’ UNION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EMPLOYMENT, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP, NATIONAL ROAD TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION LIMITED, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA