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The deaths of Dede Fredy and Xiaojun Chen

Speeches in Parliament
Mehreen Faruqi 11 Nov 2020

The Greens support this motion and we express our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of Dede Fredy and Xiaojun Chen. They died at work in a gig economy, which overwhelmingly means insecure work, low pay and utterly diminished industrial rights for workers. Three-quarters of delivery riders earn below the minimum wage. Many gig economy workers are migrants and on temporary visas and are vulnerable to exploitation and wage theft. Our employment laws don't protect workers. They put protecting corporations and their profits ahead of the rights of all workers to be safe at work and treated fairly. We must close the loopholes that allow companies to exploit and endanger gig economy workers. Every worker has the right to come home safe from their workplace.

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