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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

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