Latest News


Media Releases

Question – Proposition 22

Nov 11, 2020 | News, Parliament

Rods question in Parliament today…

Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (13:15): My question is to the Leader of the Government, representing the Premier. Last week California voters approved proposition 22, which will allow Uber and the other gig economy firms to classify their drivers and delivery personnel as independent contractors rather than employees so they can avoid meeting worker statutory obligations. For this to pass, Uber and their mates spent over $200 million to fight against those underpaid workers, who deserve to have basic workplace rights. The Andrews government has acknowledged that we have insecure workers, and during this pandemic this has been more obvious as we saw many individuals in the gig economy continue to turn up to work while sick. It is clear they felt they had no other choice. What is the Andrews government plan to support those vulnerable, insecure workers who are victims of the gig economy?


Ms SYMES (Northern Victoria—Leader of the Government, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Resources) (13:16): I thank Mr Barton for his question and his ongoing advocacy in this space. It is to be commended. I would like to get a fulsome answer for him and provide an answer from the Premier in the next day or two

Share this:

Related News

Would you support S Plates for the Elderly?

Would you support S Plates for the Elderly?

Yesterday, I participated in a conversation with Oliver Peterson on radio station 6PR Perth. "Should we have S plates for senior drivers? We have L plates for learner drivers and P plates for probationary drivers." I say no! Hear the conversation below.

Queensland Taxi Review – Letter to the Minister

Queensland Taxi Review – Letter to the Minister

Recently, I have been asked by some taxi licence holders in Queensland if I could write to the Queensland Transport Minister Mellish, expressing my view on the unintended consequences of the taxi reforms that came into play in 2018 in Victoria. Queensland has so far...

Uber “Kill Switch” Claim

Uber “Kill Switch” Claim

The class action against Uber by Maurice Blackburn is scheduled for the second week of March in the Supreme Court. It has been a long journey, and a long time coming. Much work has been done by an extremely talented team to get here. Over 8000 registrants around...