Ontario’s provincial legislature’s Economic and Financial Affairs Committee has recommended the province give gig workers more rights, transparency, benefits and mandatory training when it introduces its new labour code, Fox News confirmed Wednesday.
To review its findings, Committee Chair Byron Sethi posted a document that outlines its recommendations.
The document suggests the Liberal government make it easier for workers in the gig economy, like Uber drivers, app-based delivery workers and drone delivery operators, to organize.
The committee pointed to recent research that says hundreds of thousands of workers in the gig economy “have no form of legally recognized union representation.”
The document says the committee’s research found that in the gig economy “the single most important barrier to organizing is that workers lack information about their rights and benefits.”
The committee goes on to say that in many cases, worker didn’t know they were entitled to pay breaks or vacation time.
The government must also have better metrics for streamlining and prioritizing improvements in workplace conditions, the document says.
It also recommends the government only allow suppliers of workers in the gig economy “to provide safety benefits to their workers.”
It also wants employers in the gig economy to review their training programs to help workers improve their understanding of health and safety laws.
Transparency is another concern, the committee says.
The document says that “only 11% of gig-based firms report if they provide benefits for staff.”
The document also recommends the government establish a rules for anyone who works remotely, urging them to provide the whereabouts of their workers when asked.
It recommends that when those regulations are put in place, those services can only be provided to those with the appropriate skills.
The document also suggests there should be mandatory training for employers who use bots in an effort to automate jobs that aren’t competitive, but not to automate the jobs their employees do.