Labour Backs IWGB's Call For Motion of no Confidence in Business Secretary

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21 December 2018

  • Following this week's Government announcement on "gig economy" reforms and the Uber ruling, IWGB General Secretary writes to MPs calling for motion of no confidence in the Business Secretary
  • IWGB accuses the Business Secretary of totally failing to get to grips with the issues at hand
  • Labour backs the IWGB's call for a motion of no confidence

21 December: This week the Government has announced reforms to employment law and enforcement, which it hailed as the "largest upgrade in a generation to workplace rights". These reforms were intended in particular to address the issue of exploitation in the so-called "gig economy". However the IWGB claims the reforms will do virtually nothing to solve the problem and the Business Secretary has totally failed to understand and address the issues at hand.

This morning, in a detailed 48 page letter, IWGB General Secretary Dr. Jason Moyer-Lee has written to MPs asking them to submit a motion of no confidence in the Business Secretary over his failure. The request has found immediate backing from Labour, with Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long Bailey saying:

"The Business Secretary has utterly failed to get to grips with exploitation in the so-called “gig economy”. Many companies are depriving workers of legal rights right, left and centre and the Business Secretary has not brought forward a serious plan on enforcement. To add insult to injury he rejected recommendations to increase fines for companies who breach minimum wage. The IWGB’s request for a motion of no confidence will curry much favour from Labour MPs."

IWGB General Secretary Dr. Jason Moyer-Lee said: "Despite the Business Secretary's grandiose and self-congratulatory announcements this week, there is nothing in them that will sufficiently address the issue of exploitation of workers in the so-called "gig economy". We need a real increase in rights for limb b workers and a serious plan for enforcement of the law, and neither is on offer."

Dr. Moyer-Lee's letter to MPs can be read here: https://iwgbunion.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/No-Confidence.pdf

A short synopsis of the issues can be read here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/20/uber-breaking-law-state-intervene-gig-economy

-ENDS-

For more information:

Sebastien Flais press@iwgb.co.uk