Victoria to probe gig economy in support of workers

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The Victorian government will be looking into the on-demand workforce with a new inquiry probing specifically the treatment of workers and how they are remunerated.

The Victorian Inquiry into the On-Demand Workforce, according to Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins, will investigate the conditions of workers working for digital platforms, following “widespread claims” gig economy workers are being underpaid and poorly treated.

The inquiry, to be chaired by former Commonwealth Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James, will investigate the status of people solely working with or for online companies or platforms in the state.

“This inquiry will lay the groundwork to ensure people are protected in the new economy,” Hutchins said, with Finance Minister Robin Scott adding the inquiry will examine

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