Ride-share giant Uber is calling for standard, minimum rates of pay across Australia’s gig economy in a stance that will shift the debate over worker protections and shake up the industry.

Uber’s general manager of rides for Australia and New Zealand, Dom Taylor, said the rate should apply regardless of the platform for which a contractor worked, and injury insurance and review channels for those removed from an app should be universal.

“We support an earnings safety net for gig workers that reflects the nature of independent work and preserves the flexibility that gig workers value,” Taylor said in an interview, emphasising it was “critical that this is an industry-wide reform”.