Friday 9 November 2018 / 2:11 PM Rebecca Long Bailey

Rebecca Long Bailey responds to reports of the Government’s plans for the gig economy

Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commenting on reports of the Government’s plans for the gig economy, said:

“After almost 500 days since the Taylor Review was first published the Tories are failing to improve the lives of working people.

“Their proposals are not only thin on detail but fail to grasp the inherent problems plaguing millions of workers such as insecurity, inequality and low pay. 

“Labour will transform the British workplace and create a level playing field in the labour market by ensuring that workers receive their full legal rights from day one.”


Notes to editors:

·       Merely abolishing the Swedish derogation and allowing workers to request a more stable contract will do absolutely nothing to tackle the stark inequality in pay and type of work facing UK workers.

·       Labour will give all workers equal rights from day one, including sick pay, paid holiday, and protection from unfair dismissal;

·       Labour will repeal the Trade Union Act and introduce new laws that will enable the roll out of sectoral collective bargaining in the biggest transfer of power to workers in generations.

·       We will prioritise trade union and workplace rights through a new Ministry of Labour;

·       We will strengthen the enforcement of those rights by properly resourcing HMRC and fine employers who breach labour market rights and regulations

·       All workers have the right already to request that or whatever other improvement they desire. Until employers are obliged to provide a more stable contract the promise is empty rhetoric.