Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Member of Parliament for Streatham (and parts of Balham, Clapham Common, Tulse Hill and Brixton Hill)
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Clapham & Brixton Hill

Give gig economy workers the rights they deserve

Jul 7, 2021 | Parliamentary Work

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In February, the Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers are not self-employed and are therefore entitled to basic workers rights like holiday pay and a guaranteed minimum wage. This was a momentous ruling for workers in the gig economy but the Government has subsequently refused to put it into law.

The pandemic has highlighted the lack of workplace security for a huge swather of UK workers. In the UK, almost a quarter of the workforce is reliant on Statutory Sick Pay, which isn’t enough to live on. This means there’s intense financial pressure on gig economy workers to go in, even if they do get sick.

I called on them to think again, enshrine this ruling in law, and guarantee basic rights to 5 million workers in the gig economy.