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UK gig workers' union wants the government to extend health and safety benefits to members

Updated: May 15, 2020


The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is taking legal action against the government to secure health and safety protections for hundreds of thousands of ‘gig economy’ workers.

At least 1/10 adults engage in gig economy work, which now accounts for at least 4.7 million workers in the UK.

The union says the UK Government has failed in its obligation to transpose health and safety directives from EU law into UK law.

"Whereas UK health and safety law only protects employees, EU law extends these protections, which include the right to adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to all those classified as workers," reads a statement by IWGB.

The union is also taking legal action against the Government over the way its Covid-19 income support schemes discriminate against limb workers by providing them with less protection than employees, disproportionately affecting BAME and women workers in the ‘gig economy’.


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