TWU and food delivery group sign landmark deal

In an industry-first, the TWU is partnering with an online food ordering company to pursue better gig workers’ rights

TWU and food delivery group sign landmark deal
TWU national secretary Michael Kaine

The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) has announced it has signed a landmark deal with food delivery group DoorDash to provide fairer conditions for gig workers in the transport industry.

TWU national secretary Michael Kaine released the new agreement with DoorDash in his keynote speech at the TWU national council, which is being held at Hobart’s Hotel Grand Chancellor this week.

"Today we have a significant announcement regarding one of the major players in this industry in DoorDash," Kaine says.

"After months of negotiations and activism, DoorDash has agreed to link arms with the TWU and pursue a regulatory framework that pushes for industry-wide rights and entitlements."

Kaine says this landmark partnership is all about "the unregulated seeking the security of enforced standards for all", as DoorDash will partner with the TWU to lobby for gig workers’ rights.

The TWU will release a set of principles that will guide the partnership forward to revolutionise rights for workers in the gig industry.

In a three-stage process, Kaine says the TWU and DoorDash will collectively look to develop new and fair standards for transport workers before jointly lobbying them to the next federal government to enforce them.

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"Workers shouldn’t be prohibited from accessing rights and entitlements," Kaine says.

"They must have transparency and the opportunity to contribute to a collective voice. They need appropriate resources established and maintained – it’s about education, enforcement and training."

Kaine told the TWU national council this morning that the union will now work to commit in writing to the three-stage approach agreed to by DoorDash.

Kaine’s announcement followed a speech from Australian Labor Party (ALP Tasmania leader Rebecca White, who says the gig economy needs this regulatory framework to maintain the safety of truck drivers across Australia.

"Before the pandemic the transport industry was already at a crisis point," White says.

"The gig economy was missing out on basic rights and conditions. We want people to understand what reforms the ALP can provide, and we want truckies to use the roads safely and have the right conditions to not add to the fatalities statistic."

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