Workers’ rights in the gig economy; the concept of independent contractors and employees is being challenged

Workers’ rights in the gig economy; the concept of independent contractors and employees is being challenged

On March 22, The Guardian UK published an article following successful challenges in the courts and tribunals; there is a burning question now as to whether a worker that works solely for one organisation can be an independent contractor.

Ultimate flexibility for the worker, or abdication of accountability as an employer?

It’s often said that in terms of Industrial Law, Australia is just a couple of steps behind the UK. When I read this article about GIG workers in the UK for the likes of Deliveroo, that sentiment rings true. Claiming that Deliveroo riders are self-employed is in itself a bold claim, how many of these riders have a company structure, insurances and dare I say it, the legal right to work in that country? So where does that leave the company fighting for the legitimacy of its GIG ‘workers’? Looks like a long ride ahead…

Check out the full article here and let us know what you think.

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