Submissions savage gig economy

The Victorian Government has received over 100 submissions from workers, unions, businesses and academics on the burgeoning gig economy, with themes of exploitation and dodgy business practices dominating the submissions.

One of the main issues emerging from the submissions is that, without access to minimum employment standards or collective bargaining, workers in the gig economy could be vulnerable to exploitation.

One assessment is that 3 out of 4 surveyed workers are being paid under the minimum rate for casuals.

“The submissions emphasise the strong demand for flexibility for workers and the value of convenience for consumers. But there are concerns that this flexibility comes at the cost of worker protections,” said the inquiry chair Natalie James.

The full findings of the Inquiry into the Victorian On-Demand Workforce can be found here

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