Uber’s global chief executive has heralded a landmark agreement the ridesharing giant has struck with one of its fiercest critics, Australia’s Transport Workers Union, in a major compromise that will frame the future of the gig economy.
In remarks made exclusively to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi hailed the agreement, which binds the US company to back more regulation requiring the industry to give drivers and couriers a form of minimum wage and rights to appeal dismissals.
After years of animosity, executives from Uber and officials from the TWU put on a display of bonhomie in Sydney on Tuesday. From left, union assistant secretary Nick McIntosh, Uber Australia boss Dom Taylor, Uber Eats’ local head Bec Nyst, and union national secretary Michael Kaine.Credit:Jessica Hromas
“This deal is about raising up the voice of independent workers and focusing on what they say is most important to them: flexibility and control over when and where they work, earning a fair wage, and access to benefits and protections,” said Khosrowshahi, who has tried to rehabilitate Uber’s image after the pugilistic reign of his founding predecessor, Travis Kalanick.
"While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, we believe the best way to achieve [flexibility and benefits for riders] is to collaborate with governments, regulators and unions across the globe," he said.