Report recommends more rights to 'gig economy' workers

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Food app Deliveroo has become emblematic of problems within Britain's'gig economy

Charles Platiau Reuters Food app Deliveroo has become emblematic of problems within Britain's'gig economy

Much to the anger of unions and employment lawyers, the Taylor review does not suggest a guaranteed minimum wage for workers.

"Renaming workers "dependent contractors" might bring some benefits, but government will have to be absolutely clear who falls into this group".

What we have instead is talk of a "dependent contractor" type of employment which has been linked with receiving holiday and sick pay as well as earning at least minimum wage.

Matthew Taylor was tapped by Theresa May's government to examine the rise of the gig economy and make recommendations on protecting the one million Brits that work under such a model, with his Taylor Review published today.

The review recommends changes to the status and entitlement of workers in the gig economy. In other words, Uber does not own the cars in its network and allows drivers to have full autonomy over the amount of hours they work.

Uber - a company itself embroiled in controversy after its entire executive office was cleared out following allegations of institutional sexism in the firm - last week called for changes to United Kingdom employment law.

Companies have been criticised for not providing benefits such as paid leave and sick pay as they claim their workers are self-employed "contractors". There were 4.6m self-employed workers in the United Kingdom in the first quarter of 2016, according to the most recent Office for National Statistics figures.

According to statistics from the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), UK businesses are now utilising over 1.1 million gig economy workers, and despite assumptions to the contrary, most are not employed by tech startups.

"The takeaway from this report is that the offering delivered by Matthew Taylor is a dog's dinner and certainly not what workers ordered", Cavalier said.

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"Alarmingly, however, some of the proposals may make the position worse for gig economy workers, contrary to the Government's suggestion that it is seeking to enhance workers' rights".

Matthew Taylor, the government's employment reviewer, has said that employment in the United Kingdom should be "fair and decent" - paying particular attention to the controversial gig economy. He also states that there needs to be a particular focus between worker status and self employed status as it is here "where there is a greater risk of vulnerability and exploitation". "We would welcome the opportunity to work with the government so we can end this trade off between flexibility and security".

Theresa May will attempt to relaunch her battered premiership a year after succeeding David Cameron with a pledge to boost workers' rights.

"If it looks like a job or it smells like a job then it is a job, and the worker should be employed, and I think in those situations where a worker is carrying out work on behalf of an employer [.] they should not be exploited as flexible workers".

She defended the continuation of zero-hours contracts, which Labour has pledged to abolish, saying the United Kingdom could not turn the clock back on new working practices.

Nicol said that the report's recommendations on clarifying worker status, considering enhancing rights for the most vulnerable atypical workers, overhauling legislation designed to promote more effective consultation with workers and educating businesses and individuals about their rights and responsibilities would "help create the foundation of success for the future".

"Everyone can pay lip service to wanting good quality, well-paid work but employers could offer that right here and now - they simply choose not to".

'We should do so with the aim of making working lives better, taking away the drudgery and leaving the human contact and creativity that machines can't provide, ' he said. Otherwise, they say, people could log on in the middle of the night and earn the minimum wage when there are no requests for deliveries or rides.

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