Gig economy firms 'let off' in shake-up

Marco Green
July 11, 2017

But the review would reportedly still allow some flexibility and protection for companies making use of the "gig economy", by allowing them to present hourly earnings potential to workers before they agree to sign on to work.

She is expected to tell the review's launch event that the Government will act to ensure that the interests of employees on traditional contracts, the self-employed and those people working in the gig economy are all properly protected. "What is needed is for these rights and responsibilities to be clearly set out in legislation".

He said: "Unscrupulous employers are ignoring the rights which workers already have and are not paying their fair share of taxes". Such practices have been criticised as exploitative by unions, however.

The workers - in delivery and taxi firms such as Deliveroo and Uber - will also be covered by some minimum wage requirements.

In Britain, the self-employed have no entitlement to employment rights beyond basic health and safety and anti-discrimination laws. It is likely to disappoint trade unions, which are calling for a ban on zero-hour contracts, a right to a written statement of terms and conditions and full minimum wage for all gig workers.

The report suggested an employment category be created known as "dependent contractors" with an eye on those working for platforms such as apps.

The government review - chaired by Matthew Taylor, the head of the Royal Society of Arts and a former Tony Blair adviser - is due to be published tomorrow (Tuesday, 11 July).

"The best way to achieve better work is not national regulation but responsible corporate governance, good management and strong employment relations within the organisation".

The review will also call for firms to be obliged to show that a person working for them is able to earn at least 1.2 times the national living wage, which stands at 7.50 pounds an hour for the over-25s, by calculating the average number of tasks worked.

Since taking office previous year, May has tried to attract support from working class voters, who tend to back the opposition Labour Party, but she failed to win over enough support in June's national vote.

A spokesman for the Independent Workers" Union of Great Britain added: "The point of this review should be to figure out how to make things better for these workers, not worse'.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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