In an industry first, TWU partners with online food ordering company to advocate for better rights for gig workers
TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has announced that it has signed a historic agreement with food delivery group DoorDash to provide fairer conditions for workers in the transport industry.
TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine announced the new agreement with DoorDash in his keynote address to the TWU National Council, which is being held this week at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart.
“Today we have an important announcement regarding one of the major players in this industry in DoorDash,” Kaine said.
“After months of negotiations and activism, DoorDash has agreed to go down in arms with the TWU and pursue a regulatory framework that pushes for industry-wide rights and entitlements.”
Kaine says this historic partnership is about “the unregulated pursuit of enforced standards safety for all,” as DoorDash will partner with TWU to push for the rights of gig workers.
TWU will release a set of principles that will guide the partnership to revolutionize the rights of workers in the live music industry.
In a three-step process, Kaine says the TWU and DoorDash will collectively seek to develop new, fair standards for transportation workers before jointly lobbying the next federal government to enforce them.
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“Workers should not be denied access to rights and privileges,” Kaine says.
“They need to have transparency and the ability to contribute to a collective voice. They need appropriate resources established and maintained – this is education, enforcement and training.”
Kaine told the TWU National Council this morning that the union would now seek to commit in writing to the three-step approach agreed by DoorDash.
Kaine’s announcement follows a speech by Australian Labor Party (ALP Tasmania) leader Rebecca White, who said the gig economy needs this regulatory framework to keep truck drivers safe across Australia.
“Before the pandemic, the transportation industry was already at a critical point,” White says.
“The gig economy lacked basic rights and conditions. We want people to understand what reforms the ALP can bring, and we want truckers to use the roads safely and have the right conditions so they don’t increase death statistics.”
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