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700,000 gig economy workers are paid less than the legal minimum—when will the government do something?

It has chosen to consult when it should be legislating

By Frank Field  

Black Cab drivers block London Bridge to protest Uber. Photo: Claire Doherty/SIPA USA/PA Images

Last year, Matthew Taylor published his review of modern working practices. This review was established by the prime minister following the report my colleague Andrew Forsey and I submitted to her, titled “Wild West Workplace: self-employment and the gig economy.”

This week the government finally responded. Its new commitments will deliver real gains for a large number of casual workers when it comes to holiday and sick pay rights.

Regrettably it still leaves unanswered a series…

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