Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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Workers’ rights need more protection in the gig economy


17 July 2017
Guardian Rafael Behr agonises over the trade-off facing the gig economy, between having a flexible labour market and guaranteeing a minimum hourly income for people who work flexibly.

The Taylor review posits that people in the gig economy who choose to work at off-peak times should not necessarily be entitled to the minimum wage. But when I raised this in the House of Commons, the minister could not have been clearer in her assurance: “Minimum wages rates are sacrosanct. There will be no trade-off when it comes to ensuring that everybody is paid at least the minimum wage.”

This is a clear undertaking from the government. The House’s job now is to ensure that undertaking is honoured in any subsequent legislation. If gig companies are required by law always to abide by the minimum wage, even if that means a loss in flexibility, they will need to regulate the supply of labour or pay from their profits the minimum wage when there is not the level of demand to pay all workers at that rate.
Frank Field MP
Labour, Birkenhead



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