Bitter Blow For Gig Workers As EU Legislation Blocked

The much-debated and long-anticipated EU Platform Work Directive has been blocked due to member states either abstaining or refusing to support the latest version.  The vote last week was already a last ditch attempt following years of negotiations. What is the issue?  The proposals have been controversial from the outset, particularly in relation to the […]

Gig Workers Take Back Control To Combat Bias Algorithms

Cleaners, couriers and cabbies from around the world are taking control of their work by creating new apps without the bias they face from some traditional gig platforms.  In South Africa a group of female domestic workers have helped develop We Care, a platform that links women and work by geographic location which saves them […]

Taxi Drivers Urged To Join Fight For Fair Pay Against Uber Rival Veezu

Up to 12,500 taxi drivers working for the taxi operator Veezu could be entitled to thousands of pounds in compensation after being denied holiday pay and the National Minimum Wage.  Veezu currently treats its drivers as self-employed contractors, but drivers claim they should be treated as workers and given the appropriate workers’ rights and protection under […]

EU Finally Agrees On Proposed Platform Work Directive

After more than a year of protracted negotiations, the European Union Council has finally agreed their Platform Work Directive which could see gig economy workers presumed employees even if they are engaged on a self-employed basis.  The proposed legislation includes the following provisions: Seven criteria for deciding if a platform worker should be considered an […]

Half Of Gig Economy Workers Earn Below Minimum Wage

A new report shows more than half of gig economy workers in the UK are paid below the minimum wage. The study, led by the University of Bristol, found 52% of gig workers doing jobs ranging from data entry to food delivery were earning below the minimum wage. On average respondents were earning £8.97 per […]

Which Gig Platforms Are Fairest For Workers?

In shocking revelations published today (28 April 2023), Oxford University researchers reveal that only two out of the twelve gig economy platforms they assessed could prove that their workers earn minimum wage after costs.  In their third annual report on the UK gig economy, researchers based at the Oxford Internet Institute, part of the University […]

Most Gig Economy Workers Choose It As Their Primary Income

In a surprising development, the gig economy is now the primary source of income for most workers in the sector (61%), not just a means of supplementing other income.  Traditionally the gig economy has been a convenient way to earn additional money on top of other work, such as delivering parcels outside of normal working […]

‘Hypocritical’ Just Eat Reverts Back To Self-Employed Drivers

Just Eat plans to make 1,700 couriers redundant from as the takeaway delivery firm reverts back to a gig economy model and scraps guaranteed minimum pay, sick pay and holiday pay.  The couriers are currently engaged as ‘workers’ will be replaced by self-employed individuals. The decision has been described as “a risky move” and “hypocritical”, given […]

Free Childcare Option Being Trialed By Uber

Uber trials offering it’s drivers free childcare in a bid to encourage more parents to join their driver workforce.   The minicab app platform announced it is offering 10 hours of free childcare for 1,000 of its UK drivers as childcare costs are a “barrier” for women joining the company. Opportunities for the highest earnings are […]