Deliveroo and Uber workers must be treated as staff, says review

Deliveroo and Uber workers must be treated as staff, says review
Deliveroo and Uber workers must be treated as staff, says review
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12 July, 2017

Mr Taylor told Sky News: "If all the recommendations are carried out - and that would be a hard and complex process and it will take some time - it will be the biggest reset of employment law for the most vulnerable workers that we've seen in a generation".

PM Theresa May gave no guarantees the government would implement the recommendations of the Taylor Review, stressing she would avoid "overbearing regulation".

One aspect of the proposals which may be easier to adopt and introduce, is to allow individuals to bring a claim questioning their employment status without having to pay the normal Tribunal fee and to place the burden of proof on the alleged employer to show that the individual is not an employee or a worker.

"We welcome this report which looks at the rise in self-employment and new ways of working which predate apps like Uber".

"We would welcome greater clarity in the law over different types of employment status", he said.

"Dependent contractor" would have the same rights as the existing "worker" status, with entitlement to sick pay and holiday pay.

A spokesman for Deliveroo said the company is ready to work with Government to end the trade-off between flexibility and security of employment.

'Our social contract with those people should include dignity at work and the realistic scope to progress in the labour market.

It also says low-paid workers should not be "stuck" at the minimum living wage or face insecurity.

The report will say that the quality of work and enhancing skills should be at the heart of the debate on employment in the UK. These should be protected while ensuring fairness for those who work through these platforms and those who compete with them.

As the Gazette reported yesterday, Taylor, a former political aide to Tony Blair, has also recommended re-defining "workers" as "dependent contractors".

"That means building on our high employment rate and low unemployment rate - and continuing to strive for full employment".

What does this mean for employers? The US now only has two employment statuses (employee and self-employed) but debate is raging over whether to create a third one.

Tim Roache, GMB general secretary, called it a "disappointing missed opportunity".

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He said: "Unscrupulous employers are ignoring the rights which workers already have and are not paying their fair share of taxes".

Asked whether he would back action to deal with the "hidden economy", Mr Corbyn said: "Cash-in-hand payments are often made to avoid tax, it's quite clear".

Mr McCluskey said: "This review raised the prospect that the scourge of insecure working in this country would be tackled".

Taylor's fifth and sixth steps focused on working life and health and well-being. "The seven pillars of Taylor are very wobbly and tumble to rubble under first scrutiny".

The U.K. government is trying to improve working conditions for contract workers participating in the "gig economy".

"People should take with a large grain of salt anything they recommend". That report said that government leadership in fields like robotics and AI is "lacking".

The CBI said some of the proposals would be "of significant concern to businesses".

"Prior to his appointment he disclosed his interest to the Cabinet Office and agreed to divest himself of his shares".

A report by the Trades Union Congress suggested that the Treasury could be losing up to £4bn a year in revenue due to the rapid growth of "insecure" work.

"The opposition party's shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey echoed campaigns such as "#DeleteUber" by telling the BBC she boycotted Uber because of how it "exploited" workers.

Gig economy platforms connect workers without customers without taking any responsibility for them as employees.

"It's the people told to be ready for work or travelling to work, only to be told none is available".

In February, Uber announced its decision to make its United Kingdom drivers' lives "easier" by limiting the number of hours they can work.


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