March 3, 2024


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Labor will guarantee minimum wage for ride share and food service delivery drivers, says shadow Industrial Relations Minister

Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Tony Burke says Labor will regulate the gig economy, guaranteeing minimum wage for Uber and Menulog drivers.

The Shadow Industrial Relations Minister says Labor will guarantee minimum wage for Aussies working in the gig economy, like Uber drivers.

“We’ll regulate the gig economy, we’ll set minimum standards,” Tony Burke told Sky News Australia on Sunday morning. 

“The gig economy is not just the apps that you might have on your phone-you’ve probably got Uber, you’ve probably got some food delivery apps.

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“A whole lot of the NDIS is now delivered through the gig economy,” he added. 

The Shadow Industrial Relations Minister says many of those working in the gig industry are effectively employed by an algorithm, in a race to the bottom for what rates of pay people will accept.

The Morrison Government won’t even guarantee that minimum wages should be met for these workers, he says.

“You know I never thought that the hardest question you could ask the Prime Minister of Australia would be should every Australian be paid at least the minimum wage.” 

“We want to be able to see the minimum wage continue to go forward,” he said.