Uber Eats Accused of Exploitation In The Age Of The Gig Economy

Uber Eats is being sued for unfair dismissal after worker Amita Gupta was sacked for being 10 minutes late to work, despite the company underpaying her for the 96 hours she worked per week. However, the Fair Work Commission decided that Uber Eats drivers are ‘independent contractors’, rather than ‘employees’, meaning they are not eligible for the same rights like superannuation and cannot sue for unfair dismissal. With more people turning to the flexibility of jobs that the gig economy offers, will we see more workers being exploited?

Today on The Daily, we were joined by Sarah Kaine, Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney Business School to unpack what this all means.

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