British Columbia Labour Minister Harry Bains plans to pass new laws guaranteeing basic pay, rights and protections for tens of thousands of gig workers, The Tyee reported. A call for proposals has launched, and Bains says new legislation may come as soon as this fall, following years of government promises and months of consultations.
The task will likely be “a political and economic minefield,” according to The Tyee. Academics, companies and labor advocates have all proposed widely different versions on how to improve working conditions in the sector — and, most vitally, on who should pay for it. And Uber, the largest of those companies, has promised retaliation against jurisdictions that have tried to impose new costs.