Wednesday 24 February 2021 / 3:15 PM Andy McDonald / Employment / Workers' Rights

Government refuses Labour’s call to protect the rights of gig economy workers

Labour’s call to enforce the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on Uber has been ignored by the Government’s Business Minister.

Andy McDonald MP used an Urgent Question in the House of Commons to call on the Government to back Labour’s call to enforce the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on Uber and to enshrine in law the principles of the ruling, meaning that other Uber drivers and workers across the gig economy will have to go through the courts to win the basic rights to which they are entitled, including the holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the national minimum wage.

Paul Scully MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets, refused to back the proposals.

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights and Protections, said:

“Uber and other employers should not be allowed to ignore this ruling and dodge their responsibilities. Millions of people in the gig economy are in fragile and insecure work with one-sided flexibility, which is bad for those workers, bad for the economy, and, as we’ve seen from this pandemic, a disaster for public health.

“The Government cannot abrogate its responsibility by telling workers to fight for their basic protection through the courts. They must enforce the ruling of the Supreme Court and legislate to ban exploitative practices like bogus self-employment to bring protection and security to all workers.”