ANOTHER FOOD DELIVERY WORKER KILLED ON NEW SOUTH WALES ROAD
NSW Labor says the weekend death of another food delivery rider is a ‘sad tragedy’ that shows the fatal consequences of leaving the gig economy unregulated.
27-year old Bijoy Paul of Bangladesh is the third food delivery worker killed at work in New South Wales in the past eight weeks.
He died after he was hit by a car in the southern Sydney suburb of Rockdale on Saturday while delivering for UberEats.
NSW Shadow Minister for the Gig Economy, Daniel Mookhey
NSW Shadow Minister for the Gig Economy, Daniel Mookhey said Mr. Paul’s death must serve as a ‘wake-up call’.
“NSW Labor offers our condolences to the family of Mr Bijoy Paul at this heartbreaking time,” Mr Mookhey said.
“Everyone who goes to work has the right to come home safe. No one should have to risk their life to earn a living.”
The other delivery riders who have died in recent months are Xiaojun Chen and Dede Fredy. Both worked for two different food delivery companies.
None of their families are entitled to death benefits under the NSW worker compensation system.
Last week, the insurer iCare told a Parliamentary inquiry this was was because the law considers gig-economy workers like food delivery riders independent contractors.
Mr Mookhey said: “An old law is leaving families destitute. They are denied help because of a legal label.
“The NSW Government must act immediately to protect thousands of people working in NSW’s gig economy.
“We need modern workplace health and safety laws. We need a modernised workers compensation system.
“More inaction leaves more people exposed to the same tragedy now sadly befalling these three families.”