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GMB Responds To Publication Of Taylor Review

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Given the epidemic of precarious work in the UK, this report simply does not go far enough in fixing a broken system.

GMB, the union for precarious workers, has responded to the Taylor Review, published today. [1]

The review by Matthew Taylor, the head of the Royal Society of Arts, into the rapidly changing world was revealed at 11am this morning.

GMB has welcomed certain aspects of the report – but says it goes nowhere near far enough in fixing the broken system which sees 10 million UK workers trapped in precarious work. [2]

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

"For millions of people the world of work is like the Wild West - people don’t know if they are coming or going.

“Why are they not given the basic right to plan their lives even a week in advance?

“Given the epidemic of precarious work in the UK, this report simply does not go far enough in fixing a broken system that gives employers the choice of whether to treat their workers fairly or not.

“Action on the Gig Economy is overdue, but help for agency workers, those on zero hours or short hours contracts won't happen by asking nicely or hoping bad employers find a moral compass down the back of the couch.

“We need regulations and proper enforcement - until we get that, we will all continue to pay for shareholder profits though lost tax revenue and the knock on effect poor work has for public services and our communities.

“The Prime Minister could have agreed to implement the findings of the Taylor Review as a starting point today, but she didn't even go that far.

“Words on decent work are always welcome, but they're meaningless without determined action to back them up and challenge those who profit from insecurity."

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/626772/good-work-taylor-review-modern-working-practices.pdf [2] Up To 10 Million Insecure UK Workers Monday, June 5, 2017 Shocking poll unveiled at GMB’s 100th Annual Congress, shows up to a third of the workforce is in precarious employment. Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/millions-insecure-work

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