Yesterday, Matthew Taylor launched his “Review of Modern Working Practices”. Commissioned by the UK government this was specifically to report on the so-called ‘gig economy’ and zero hours contracts. This link takes you to the Royal Society of Arts web page (Taylor is the Chair of the RSA), where an outline of the report can be found, it is possible to download the full report, and a video of the launch by the PM and Taylor can be found.
The report was bound to be controversial, and so it has proven. Unions and opposition politicians say that it does not go far enough. The government has welcomed the findings but already saying that it may not act on the recommendations for some months (if ever?). Meanwhile the media interviewed both gig economy employers, such as Uber and Deliveroo, and employees saying that there’s nothing wrong with current practices. All of which illustrates that in a society with a range of very different attitudes towards work, enacting legislation to ensure workers’ rights is extremely challenging.