A large and growing number of our friends and neighbours are being placed in insecure work.
A NSW Labor Government will create a new chapter in the Industrial Relations Act that defines ‘gig’ workers, defines the ‘platforms’ or ‘networks’ through which work is provided, and gives the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) the power to make orders providing minimum rates of pay and ensuring those gig workers receive the same entitlement to superannuation, annual holidays, sick leave, and all the other benefits that employees are legally entitled to.
This will involve having a list of existing platforms/networks which can be added to, as well as a definition in the legislation so the independent umpire can make orders for new and emerging business models as they arise.
We will also clarify that gig workers are legally entitled to workers’ compensation when injured and that the platforms/networks pay their fair share in insurance premiums like other employers do.
We will also modernise and improve the unfair contract laws in the IR Act so they are fit for purpose in the 21st century and can be used more quickly and inexpensively than at present.
People who work in the gig economy should have minimum pay and safe workplaces, like other workers. We must create a legal framework for the setting and enforcement of minimum pay and conditions for all ’gig’ workers.