Sydney mourns fourth food driver death in month, as gig economy in crisis

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A spate of deaths of food delivery workers in recent months has brought renewed calls for improved workers protections for gig economy employees. Four food delivery workers have been killed on Sydney’s roads in the past three months alone: the latest fatality occurring in Redfern on Monday night after a truck collided with an Uber Eats cyclist on Cleveland Street at 6.40pm. It comes as five employees of app-based food providers have been killed nationwide in the past two months. The Transport Workers’ Union is stepping up its calls, urging the federal government to undertake an inquiry into the gig economy, arguing employees should be entitled to workers compensation.

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