United Kingdom - House of Commons reflects on workers’ status - November 30, 2017

The Work and Pensions Committee and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee of the House of Commons published a report that deals with the workers’ status and the wage development. The report reflects on court cases that have exposed a pattern of companies using ‘gig workers’ with a bogus self-employed status as a route to cheap labour. Achieving ‘worker’ status, however, is not enough to alleviate insecurity at work. The volatile availability of paid work is a pressing concern for many workers. The employer has no obligation to provide work and the risk of low demand is borne by the worker. The report suggests that a wage premium above the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage on non-guaranteed hours could potentially help rebalance the benefits, and might prompt employers to consider offering more stable work: for example, by providing shift details and staff rotas in advance. The report proposes to pilot such an approach to tackle the abuses perpetrated by some companies.

Read on: in English … The report, in English (2) …

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