The family of a gig economy rider killed delivering food will receive workers comp in a landmark ruling that he was an employee

A landmark decision by the NSW government disputes resolution body, the Personal Injury Commission, with see the family of a food delivery rider killed in a traffic accident in 2020 receive $830,000 in compensation after food company and its insurer accepted liability for his death.

Xiaojun Chen, 43, died in September 2020 after his bike collided with a bus. He took the job with delivery company Hungry Panda to support a wife and two children in China, and along left behind a dependent 75-year old father. 

Law firm Slater and Gordon took up the case with support from the The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU), which has been campaigning for food delivery riders to have rights such as minimum wages and workers’ compensation benefits.

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