Migrant Workers, Gig Workers and the Role of Competition Law in Labour Markets
Free Public Lecture
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Foenander Public Lecture 2017
In recent times, much media attention has been given to the exploitation of workers, especially migrant workers, in Australia. This lecture will identify the extent and implications of the underpayment of migrant workers in the Australian labour market. It will examine the rise of gig work (temporary positions and short-term contracts) and the implications for workers and organisations. It will also discuss whether competition law should apply to labour markets, especially with respect to secondary boycotts.
Allan Fels is the Chair of the Migrant Workers Taskforce (Australian Government), Member of the Uber Global Advisory Board, and the former Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.