Sep 2018 | Uber Eats, Deliveroo among companies under review in Victorian workers rights inquiry

Date: 21 Sep 2018

Source: ABC

Home-delivery services like Uber Eats and Deliveroo may be popular with punters, but their rapid expansion in Australia has been accompanied by tales of worker exploitation.

Those who deliver meals from top restaurants to hungry diners are part of the emerging gig-economy and on-demand industry, and they often lack the protections that those in more established sectors enjoy.

Concerned by stories like those of Icce Mejia, the Victorian Government has announced an inquiry into an industry synonymous with sham contracting.

Mr Mejia was one of the top ranked delivery bike riders with the now defunct Foodora.

Under their system, he was required to have a business number and provide his own bike.

"Basically, you are an independent contractor," he said.