Tag: New South Wales

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Uber drivers in Sydney’s Covid hotspots being offered jobs that breach restrictions

Uber drivers who live in the most heavily locked-down areas of western and south-western Sydney are still being offered work outside of their local government areas, with drivers asking for more clarity from the app about what they can and can’t do. Under the current Sydney lockdown restrictions, rideshare drivers are still allowed to work…
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October 14, 2021 0

Call for federal regulator for Australia’s gig economy after sixth delivery rider death revealed

A Senate inquiry has recommended the creation of a federal regulator for the gig economy as yet another death of a food delivery rider was revealed on Friday. The inquiry has also recommended that the definition of “employee” should be expanded to include gig workers, and a low-cost tribunal should be created so poorly paid…
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October 9, 2021 0

Uber Eats riders earning as little as $5 for deliveries crossing multiple NSW suburbs

Uber Eats riders in Australia are earning as little as $5 for individual deliveries that cross multiple suburbs, as riders complain that their pay was cut by the global tech giant during the pandemic. New data provided to Guardian Australia by riders has revealed pay rates as low as $5.01 for a nearly 4km trip.…
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October 7, 2021 0

Uber Eats rider died riding e-bike not approved for use in NSW, company confirms

The general manager of Uber Eats in Australia has confirmed that a rider who died while working for the company last year was using an unauthorised e-bike, and another was using an unapproved helmet. Uber also said riders had sustained approximately 40 “serious notifiable injuries” in New South Wales since December 2020, and rejected the…
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October 6, 2021 0

NSW food delivery taskforce ignored riders’ safety concerns, advocates say

A taskforce set up to improve safety after five delivery riders died on the job in the space of two months has suggested only minor changes to the industry, according to a draft of its report to be released next week. The action plan has been criticised for “caving to the demands” of delivery companies…
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October 5, 2021 0

Hungry Panda was unaware it had to report death of delivery rider, inquiry hears

A manager at food delivery company Hungry Panda has told a parliamentary inquiry she did not know they had a legal obligation to report the death of one of their riders to the New South Wales workplace regulator. Rider Xiaojun Chen, a 43-year-old father of two, was hit and killed by a bus last year…
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October 2, 2021 0

Family of Uber Eats rider killed in Sydney files workers’ compensation claim in test for gig economy

The family of an Uber Eats rider killed in Australia this year has filed a workers’ compensation claim against Uber, in what could become a landmark case for the gig economy. Five delivery riders have died in Australia since the end of September. Dede Fredy, a 36-year-old Uber Eats worker from Indonesia, died on 27…
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September 29, 2021 0

Food delivery deaths: NSW transport minister criticised for ‘victim blaming’

The New South Wales transport minister, Andrew Constance, has been criticised for “victim-blaming” comments made about the recent deaths of delivery riders. Five delivery riders have been killed in road crashes in Australia since 27 September, an average of one every 11 days. In Sydney, two Uber Eats riders were killed in separate crashes on…
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September 29, 2021 0