He’s also asked, “are the striking teachers greedy?”
“Absolutely not,” says burke.
burke says he’s hoping to introduce extensive legislation before the end of the year to regulate the gig economy and provide basic conditions for workers, but he says it says it’s the details of which haven’t been worked out yet.
We are not a nation where we’ve worked on the basis that you should need tips before you can make ends meet. We’ve always worked on the basis that there should be minimum wages. We have a section of the economy at the moment where there’s effectively no minimum and that can’t go on.
I’d love to be in a situation where I’m introducing the legislation on it this year. And I need to work through whether we would deal with the whole gig economy at once, or whether we would work through sections of the economy one at a time. So there’s a big piece of consultation that hasn’t yet started but I’ve spoken with, I’ve started the conversations with the department about how we might put that together. So it’s a big step. For the whole history of Australia. We’ve basically had this clear line, if you’re an employee you get rights. If you’re not an employee you don’t. But technology has now gone in front of us so we need to take a step. It is a big step.
He says the changes might result in it some “small increases” to some prices for some things.
Gig economy needs minimum standards, minister says
Tony Burke continues, saying that a lot of people might not be aware just how widespread the gig economy is now – it’s not just Uber:
It’s not only the apps that people might have on their phone, a whole lot now of the caring, cleaning, is delivered through the gig economy. So many people on the national disability insurance scheme, for example, who are working there are in fact working with their employer effectively as an algorithm. Many people in the security industry are effectively working in the gig economy now and increasingly in hospitality as well.
So this is an area where if we just continue to let it rip without minimum standards, a whole lot of the rules that we’ve presumed were part of working in Australia will fall away and we can’t leave it any longer before we have a process to set minimum standards here.
Deal between Uber and TWU hailed
Minister for employment and workplace relations Tony Burke is on ABC RN this morning talking about the massive, landmark deal between Uber and the Transport Workers Union.
Burke says it’s important to note that it’s going to address “a safety issue here as well as an entitlements issue”:
There was a direct line between the risks they were on the road and the algorithms they were using to compete… It would mean they’d run red lights. They’d form an extra lane of traffic between official lanes knowing every minute there was a risk …
I was so happy yesterday … this is a very big shift. It’s not that long ago that we were bing told not only by the platform provider but also the fed gov that this was too complicated to deal with … [it’s] the huge change.
I don’t think 21st-century technology should come with 19th-century working conditions.
Welcome back to our rolling news coverage for this Thursday 30 June.
prime minister Anthony Albanese is in Madrid this week for the Nato summit, where he said free trade talks with the European Union could summarize as soon as October, after he met with the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.
The trade deals had hit a roadblock after the Morrison government damaged Australia’s relationship with France by dumping a $90bn submarine contract, and compounded it with Australia’s lack of climate action. Albanian has flagged the climate crisis as one of the areas where his government has “an opportunity to break through” in negotiations.
Albanian also escalated his rhetoric on China, saying Australia had been subjected to “economic coercion” by its neighbour, which aimed to become the “most powerful nation in the world”.
We’ll bring you more developments on that this morning.
Meanwhile, in NSW, large-scale industrial action continues with thousands of public and Catholic schools going on strike today for 24 hours, calling for more than the 3% pay rise offered to them by the NSW government. Action continues from rail workers over safety concerns with new, imported Intercity trains.
And our data journalists have been busy scrutinizing the details of the census data released on Tuesday this week, so we’ll have some more analysis of that for you too.
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