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10 years after the crash, alternatives are emerging
11 Aug 2017
Trade union activism has set off a domino effect against bogus self-employment in the gig economy. A swift legislative response to the Taylor review is now required to effect wholesale change that produces strong upward pressure on wages. A crucial test here will be to extend the protection of the national minimum wage to those who are wrongly labelled “self-employed”.
Frank Field tells readers he is far from happy with police response to motorbike crime in Birkenhead
09 Aug 2017
POLICE squads across Merseyside have stepped up their efforts in recent months to prevent the theft of motorbikes by thugs who then use them to wreak havoc on our streets. Yet in Wirral the problem remains very much alive and kicking – half a dozen incidents have been taken up by my office in the past couple of months alone.
Hospital chief apologises after Wirral pensioner's three-hour trolley wait
02 Aug 2017
The pensioner’s family were so dismayed by his experience they brought it to the attention of Birkenhead MP Frank Field. Mr Field immediately took up the case with hospital trust chief executive David Allison, demanding answers and assurances that everything possible is being done to prevent any repeat.
Select Committee Chairs invite Matthew Taylor to give evidence on gig economy
26 Jul 2017
Frank Field, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, and Rachel Reeves, the new Chair of the Business Committee, have asked Matthew Taylor to give oral evidence to a joint meeting of the Committees. The Chairs intend to question Mr Taylor on his recent report on modern working practices, including how the Government should act to ensure rights and fair pay for gig economy workers.
Feeding Birkenhead publishes anti-hunger programme for the summer holiday
18 Jul 2017
The programme – covering Rock Ferry, Tranmere, Prenton, and the North End of Birkenhead – aims to ensure that children who might otherwise go without food and activities during the holidays are able to eat a decent meal each day and take part in games, arts, crafts, and sports.
Workers’ rights need more protection in the gig economy
17 Jul 2017
If gig companies are required by law always to abide by the minimum wage, even if that means a loss in flexibility, they will need to regulate the supply of labour or pay from their profits the minimum wage when there is not the level of demand to pay all workers at that rate.
Uber's facing fresh scrutiny over workers rights and pay for drivers from the UK government
06 Jul 2017
"The government has acted on the evidence I submitted on the poverty pay and shoddy treatment meted out to some workers at the bottom of the ‘gig economy’, both by commissioning the Taylor Review and now by inquiring specifically around the private hire industry. Watch this space."
Minimum wage threat to Uber: Taxi firm faces tougher licensing regime to ensure drivers receive a decent living
06 Jul 2017
Labour's Frank Field said companies such as Uber flout the existing lax rules to get around paying drivers a decent living. His calls in a Westminster debate were met with a positive response from Transport minister John Hayes, who pledged to review the guidance issued to councils.
Frank Field MP gains government action on Uber and the ‘gig economy’
05 Jul 2017
In response to a request from Frank Field MP, the Government has announced the creation of a working party under an independent chair within the Department for Transport to inquire into the pay and working conditions at Uber. The announcement was made during this afternoon’s Westminster Hall debate which Frank secured on the regulation of working conditions in the private hire industry, within which Uber is a major operator.
England’s cry for post-Brexit governance: its own parliament and a shared senate
05 Jul 2017
Speaking today at the British Academy’s conference, Governing England: Devolution and identity in England, Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead, made a plea that all the participants to this debate get over the normal get-out clause for serious discussion, namely that as England is so large there can be no satisfactory federal solution to the post-Brexit governance of the United Kingdom.
Uber are subjecting workers to 'sweated labour' for poverty pay in the gig economy
04 Jul 2017
The irresistible rise of Uber embodies the rapid growth since 2010 of what is called the ‘gig economy’. As with other companies in the ‘gig economy’, Uber offers consumers rapid, low-cost, convenient access through their smartphones to a bevy of goods and services. It competes with other companies by offering consumers as low a price as possible for its services. Yet there is a human cost to this business model.