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Union calls on government to regulate gig economy

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The Transport Workers Union is calling on the federal government to regulate the gig economy.

It comes after Uber announced it was introducing piecemeal rights for workers following a UK Supreme Court judgment.

Michael Kaine said the gig economy had created an “underclass of worker” in Australia.

“We’ve got a decision to make about whether we’re going to accept that as a community, or whether we’ll rebalance the scale somewhat,” he said.

But Tom Elliott questioned whether it was necessary.

“If you nominate a job on an App and somebody says they’re willing to do it for an agreed price and both parties are happy, then why does a union need to get between them?” he said.

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