by Olaf Cramme on 12 Sep 2018
In his keynote address to the TUC Congress, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has called for gig economy workers to be given full employment rights. He promised that a Labour Government would go beyond all the “positive recommendations in the Taylor report” and extend sick pay, parental leave, or protections against unfair dismissal to gig economy workers. Specific policy commitments outlined by McDonnell include:
McDonnell's intervention will put further pressure on the Government to speed up the publication of its own response to the four consultations launched following Matthew Taylor’s Review of Modern Working Practices.
Critically, one of these consultations addressed employment status, the issue which lies at the heart of high-profile legal battles between gig economy companies and workers, such as those involving Uber, Hermes and Pimlico Plumbers.
Olaf's public policy expertise draws on his experience in government, Parliament and leadership roles in consulting and at a leading European think tank.
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