Taylor report calls for greater protection for gig economy workers

Uber says its drivers are already paid above the minimum wage

Uber says its drivers are already paid above the minimum wage

A government review into the rapidly changing world of work is to demand a radical overhaul of employment law and new guarantees on the minimum wage.

The document recommends that workers in firms such as Deliveroo be given the status of "dependent contractors" and this should carry benefits.

Taylor recommended that the Low Pay Commission should look at how a higher minimum wage rate could apply to workers who do not have set working hours and make it easier for them to receive holiday entitlements.

A spotlight is also shone on managers, who Mr Taylor says have a responsibility for good governance and management to ensure workers are "able to be engaged and heard" and a more "proactive" approach to better mental health in the workplace.

A government-commissioned report, led by Matthew Taylor, who advised the former prime minister Tony Blair on policy, proposed a series of changes that could significantly change how companies in the so-called "gig economy", such as Uber, operate in Britain.

However, unions said the report did not go far enough and would not compel firms to improve the rights or working conditions of workers in the sector, many of whom are earning below the minimum wage.

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. Typically, these companies engage with workers on a self-employed basis, allowing them to save on national insurance and other costs, while the companies say the arrangement affords workers freedom and flexibility to work when they want.

As fewer and fewer people work, the solution is to build a larger and more robust welfare system to re-distribute wealth created - not, as the economist David Graeber writes, create "bullshit" jobs "just for the sake of keeping us all working".

"Drivers using Uber made average fares of £15 per hour previous year after our service fee and, even after costs, the average driver took home well over the National Living Wage", he noted.

Deliveroo is a key employer in the gig economy.

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"Without fully resourced enforcement then all we have from Mr Taylor and the Government is a dog that is all bark and no bite", McCluskey said.

The review suggests re-classifying independent contractors working full-time hours as "dependent contractors" and providing them additional benefits, such as sick leave, holiday pay, occupational illness or injury, pension plans, and further training.

Central to its recommendations is the objective that "all work in the United Kingdom economy should be fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment". "We would welcome the opportunity to work with the government so we can end this trade off between flexibility and security". 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".

Speaking this morning, Taylor argued that many zero hours contract workers "choose" to work that way, saying "it suits them".

" This could include linking an individual's right to work to a certain payment mechanism".

Why not outlaw all zero hours contracts, for example?

The review has not recommended that zero-hours contracts be banned (despite some calls from Labour and union groups to do so) and concludes that both business and workers welcome the flexibility these contracts offered.

It is hoped that this would prevent cases in which people find themselves part-way through an employment tribunal - which can be very expensive - only to be told they are not an employee or worker and therefore do not have rights.

"I don't personally use Uber because I don't feel that it is morally acceptable but that's not to say they can't reform their practices", she told the Today show. Instead, we have recommendations of "fair work", which seems to be the catchphrase of the day.

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