Call to Guarantee Minimum Wage for Gig Economy Workers

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Theresa May should guarantee the minimum wage for self-employed workers for companies such as Uber and Hermes and prevent them from losing work with no notice, the Labour MP Frank Field has said.

The chairman of the Commons work and pensions select committee told a Downing Street review of modern working practices that all workers should benefit from a new “national standard of fair work in the gig economy”.

The proposal by Field, who has led campaigns in parliament against what he claims is the “sulphurous effect” of the fast-growing gig economy, comes amid multiple legal claims by people who believe they are wrongly classed as self-employed and so miss out on basic rights.

In his submission to the government’s labour market review led by the former Downing Street adviser Matthew Taylor, Field said a new national standard of fair work would “give the prime minister the tools she needs to craft basic humanity, decency and fairness into the bottom of Britain’s labour market”.

Source: The Guardian

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