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Frank Field launches inquiry into lives and experiences of 'gig economy' workers

LABOUR MP Frank Field launched an inquiry today into the lives and work experiences of “gig economy” workers.

Mr Field, who represents Birkenhead, has collated hundreds of testimonies from people working with Uber, Parcelforce and other firms with colleague Andrew Forsey.

The compiled reports, Mr Field says, will “shine a bright light” on the extent of substandard wages and poor living conditions in modern Britain.

“The weight of the evidence I’ve seen shows that bogus self-employment is being peddled by those who benefit so handsomely from the gig economy to avoid the obligations they have to their workforce.

“I now wish to see if this is a partial view or whether it, sadly, represents what is going on in yet another company operating in the gig economy.’

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) general secretary Jason Moyer-Lee added that he is looking forward to see gig economy employers “justify” themselves in front of Mr Field.


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