Gig economy workers fear livelihoods, customers at risk during coronavirus outbreak - Science

Delivery services may become a lifeline for Australians stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak, but what about the drivers?A worker for Deliveroo and UberEats, John* is reminded of the precarity of his position each time a new case is identified in Australia.

Key points:Gig economy workers are anxious about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on their health and incomeRiders and drivers for companies like Uber and Deliveroo typically do not get sick leaveThe Transport Workers’ Union wants Uber to offer workers sick leave and health cover, as well hand sanitiser
As COVID-19 spreads in Australia, the people who drive us home and courier our food say they are unsure how to best protect their health, the health of their customers and their income.”Pretty much, everyone in the industry is scared about the coronavirus,” he said. “And of course if you don’t go to work, in this kind of arrangement … you don’t make money.”Because John’s not employed by the companies he rides…



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