Money Foodora rider fights dismissal from food delivery service in Australian first

16:05  03 july  2018
16:05  03 july  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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Josh Klooger, 28, said he first stated to work for food delivery service Foodora in Melbourne in 2016.

"I thought I had found the dream job. Getting paid to ride a bike," he said.

"At the time, it was pretty good. I was getting $14 an hour and $5 per delivery," he said outside the commission in Sydney.

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"It reduced to $13 an hour, $3 per delivery. Then in October 2016, it dropped down to $10 an order and zero per hour," Mr Klooger said.

The payment per order dropped further in 2017 and was $7 an order in early 2018.

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Mr Klooger said he was dismissed in March for publicly talking about his pay and conditions.

It was important for him to fight his dismissal for others in similar situations, he said.

"Over time I saw they weren't caring about drivers who were out there and doing all the hard work and it's time someone stepped in and made some rules for companies to abide by," he said.

The case is set to examine the relationship between the worker and the company, with the Transport Workers Union arguing Mr Klooger is an employee while Foodora says its riders are engaged as contractors as part of the gig economy.

Workers' rights being trashed, union says

Acting national secretary of the Transport Workers Union Michael Kaine said the riders were entitled to fair pay, workers' compensation, sick leave and annual leave.

"These are rights that companies like Foodora are trashing. And they are trashing it by gaming the system. And the Australian community should be shocked by that.

"This is not some shiny new economy. This is old-fashioned exploitation 1800s-style. This time by sandshoe wearing billionaires via an app. It has to stop.

"Foodora knows that it is gaming the system. These arrangements are a sham that they are put in place to rip rights off Australian workers."

Foodora has been contacted for comment.

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