Victorian Trades Hall Council has praised the Victorian Government’s response to the Inquiry into the Victorian On-Demand Workforce, which includes accepting the inquiry’s recommendations and allocating $5million in funding support.
Unions have long campaigned for government intervention into the on-demand or “gig” economy, due to gig employers’ long history of evading their obligations to workers.
Victorian Trades Hall Council commends the Government’s commitment to work with unions and employers to enforce employer compliance with their legal obligations, and clarify employment definitions.
Quotes attributable, Luke Hilakari, Secretary, Victorian Trades Hall Council
“For too long, gig workers have been a second-class of worker in this country, and that urgently needs to change. In the absence of national leadership, we are pleased that the Victorian Government has come to the defence of Victorian workers.”
“Every worker deserves a safe workplace. Every worker should be entitled to the legal wages and conditions of employees in their industry. It’s what they always should have been receiving.”
“You can’t use an app as a shield to evade your duties to your employees.”
“We are very pleased to see that the Victorian Government has taken the first step in adopting all the recommendations of the gig economy inquiry, and we are committed to working with the Government to empower on-demand workers all over Victoria.”