'Sweated Labour - Uber and the Gig Economy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0300
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What is your response to the above report and what is your position to improve the conditions? Also, there is severe criticism about an unfair English language test. How do you propose to resolve this?

Answer

Answer for 'Sweated Labour - Uber and the Gig Economy

Answer for 'Sweated Labour - Uber and the Gig Economy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am setting up an economic fairness team which will challenge exploitative business practices and low pay, while recognising and promoting good practice in employment. These initiatives will be developed in consultation with trade unions and employers.

I am passionate in my belief that everyone deserves decent pay and appropriate working conditions. Tackling low pay is one of my top priorities; there are far too many Londoners who still don't have the security they deserve at work around access to sickness and holiday pay.

Drivers who work in the private hire industry should be reassured that it offers a secure working environment and I would urge all London's private hire operators to provide this.

As the regulator of taxi and private hire services, Transport for London (TfL) is preparing a direct response to the report.

I understand there have been some concerns raised regarding TfL's new English language requirement and I have asked TfL to closely monitor the implementation of the requirement. It will be kept under review and if it becomes apparent that changes are necessary or appropriate, TfL will give this careful consideration.