Government to probe rights of ‘gig economy’ staff

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Government to probe rights of ‘gig economy’ staff

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The rights of ‘on-demand’ workers such as Deliveroo drivers are to be reviewed as part of a new Government low pay inquiry.

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has launched an investigation in to the changing nature of work, and the status of self-employed and ‘gig economy’ workers.

It comes after Deliveroo abandoned plans to trial a new pay scheme in August​ which could have seen workers earn less than half the National Living Wage.

The takeaway firm was planning to pay its staff £3.75 per delivery, rather than the current terms of £7 per hour and £1 per delivery.

Employees participated in a six-day strike this summer, with the company gaining widespread media attention over the dispute.

Iain Wright, chair of the committee, said the rise of the ‘gig economy’ had raised questions over the lack of worker rights.

“In recent months we’ve seen growing evidence of agency workers and those working in the 'gig economy' being exposed to poor working conditions,” he said.

“The nature of work is undoubtedly changing. It will change further with growing use of technology and a spreading of automation across the economy. This might provide flexibility and choice for some people, but unleash insecurity and squeezed working conditions for others.”

The inquiry has begun a call for evidence and is accepting written submissions until 19 December.

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