Chair comments on Gym Group contract

02 November 2017

Work and Pensions Committee Chair comments on a work "agreement" sent to the Committee by a "whistleblower" working for Gym Group, and the subsequent correspondence sent querying the terms of the contract.

'Most egregious examples' of 'dubious self-employed workforce models'

Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Chair of Work and Pensions Committee, said:

"This contract from Gym Group is the latest in a long line of examples highlighting dubious self-employed workforce models—and it is one of the most egregious examples I’ve seen to date. 

It is packed full of clauses that clearly suggest Gym Group's "freelance independent personal trainers" are nothing of the sort, but are in fact workers entitled to the rights and protections that come with that status.

I look forward to receiving Gym Group's explanation of this state of affairs. But even more importantly, this contract, and the other examples we've received, demonstrate that the current system for protecting and enforcing workers' rights is failing.

It underscores the urgent need for new legislation to protect workers against bogus self-employment—something I very much hope the Prime Minister will find time to allow Select Committees to pursue in this Parliament."

This correspondence was sent as part of the Committee's ongoing work on self-employment in the gig economy and the future of working practices. See the Committee's inquiry Taylor Review of modern working practices  for full details.

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