Push for "legislation to strengthen workers’ hand against abusive employers"

12 October 2017

The Work and Pensions Committee and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee questioned Matthew Taylor on his review on modern working practices.

Chair's Comments

Commenting on evidence from Matthew Taylor, Chair of the Government commissioned review of modern working practices to the joint Work and Pensions and Business Committees , Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said:

"Today's testimony from Matthew Taylor provides further evidence that Parliament must take action to ensure that everyone gets the protections they deserve and that they are fairly rewarded.

Those in insecure work should be in receipt of higher pay or guaranteed their hours and there is a strong case for better representation and rights for workers. There are clear wins to be gained for both businesses and workers in cracking down on poor employment practices."

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

"We are delighted that the Chair of the independent review of modern working practices, commissioned by the Prime Minister, today backed MPs' calls for legislation to strengthen workers’ hand against abusive employers.

Matthew Taylor said that the better the law is, the less the protection of workers will be left to wrangling by lawyers.

I hope the Prime Minister will find time in this Parliament to allow our select committees to pass legislation that will ensure workers get the rights and pay they have earned.

Mr Taylor's review called for stronger enforcement backed by bigger fines but he went further today in suggesting much more proactive regulation of how workers are treated.

There is also a key point about moving liability further up the supply chain and holding brands more responsible for the treatment of workers who work for their suppliers – the question must be, if something does go wrong, who was the delivery being made for?
"One point where the select committees disagreed with Mr Taylor was on any proposal that might fracture the universality of the National Living Wage: there is no appetite or support on either select committee for his proposals on this front."

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