& # 39; Ripped off & # 39; Deliveroo cyclist sues wage theft and claims that he received less than half the minimum rate to deliver Thai food and hamburgers
- Jeremy Rhind said he received $ 8.55 per delivery as a delivery person in Canberra
- As he filed his tax return, he realized that his wage was equal to $ 10.50 per hour
- The Transport Workers Union said the former driver is the victim of wage theft
A former food delivery driver claiming to have received $ 10.50 per hour – less than half the minimum wage – brings Deliveroo to court.
Jeremy Rhind said he received $ 8.55 per delivery as a driver in Canberra for an app-based food delivery company, Deliveroo, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The office worker said he initially took the job to increase his total income, but realized that he only earned just over half the minimum wage when he started his tax return.
& # 39; After I had done it for about nine months when I was my tax and calculated my income for the fiscal year, I found that I got $ 10.50 per hour. "I thought I could forget it or do something," said Mr. Rhind.
Jeremy Rhind (photo) said he received $ 8.55 per delivery as a Canberra driver for an app-based food delivery company, Deliveroo
& # 39; I am not a legal person, but I do not think that someone or he is an employee or contractor should receive half the minimum wage. I feel it's not fair … it's not right. & # 39;
Mr. Rhind decided to bring the case to court and claims $ 9,600 for superannuation and alleged unpaid wages.
He also assured the support of the Transport Workers Union, who said the Canberra man is the victim of wage theft.
The union won a similar case against Foodora last year, which forced the food supplier from Australia.
& # 39; This rider was confronted with what thousands of food deliverers face every day: their wages are lifted & # 39 ;, said TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine on Wednesday.
& # 39; The fact that an employee is involved via an app does not mean that he has to work under the minimum rates. & # 39;
Deliveroo has defended its employment structures and taken the flexibility offered to its riders, but the union disagrees.
"No amount of talk about flexibility can dress this up as something other than exploitation," Kaine said.
& # 39; Riders are entitled to a fair price and that is what we are fighting for. & # 39;
The office worker in his mid-thirties said he initially took the job to increase his total income, but realized that he only earned a little more than half the minimum wage when he started his tax return (stock image)
The case probably depends on whether Deliveroo drivers are considered employees of the company or contractors, which determines the remuneration and conditions to which employees are entitled.
A Deliveroo spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that the company offers well-paid and flexible work.
Gemiddeld On average, Deliveroo drivers in Australia work 15 hours a week, earning on average more than $ 22 per hour, suitable for driving around study, hobbies, care tasks or other work.
& # 39; We will always defend the ability of the riders to work this way.
& # 39; If riders were employees, the flexibility they enjoy today would be removed and they would have to work exclusively for Deliveroo in fixed shifts, which not (some) working riders tell us they want. & # 39;
Mr Rhind's case was brought before the Federal Circuit Court on 8 October.
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