Labor gig economy policy will protect workers 

Unions have endorsed a new State Labor gig economy and precarious work policy which will introduce workers compensation and a portable entitlement scheme for affected workers.

Labor’s policy would give gig, disability, home care and other precariously employed workers, such as those in the community services sector, the opportunity to accrue annual leave, long-service leave and other entitlements regardless of whether or not they are classified as employees. 

It would strengthen health and safety protection and compensation in areas such as  rideshare, food delivery, parcel delivery and disability and home care, and work to prevent gig platforms from enjoying tax benefits over other employers.  

Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Morey, said the reforms were urgently needed.

“Unions have been blowing the whistle on the lethal conditions of the gig economy  since it was established. It is reassuring to see Labor acknowledge our organising and campaigning with this announcement.

“Workers have died on the roads and their families have struggled for compensation because of ridiculous legal loopholes. The gig platforms must not be allowed to continually game the system, with such tragic effects.

“The introduction of this policy will be a critical step forward. It will build pillars of decency and protection.

“We applaud the excellent work of Chris Minns, Daniel Mookhey and Sophie Cotsis in conceiving and drafting this policy, and call upon Dominic Perrottet and Matt Kean to follow Labor’s lead.”