After Uber's U-turn, ministers must stop giving gig economy bosses an easy ride


It’s a step forward that Uber drivers must now be treated as employees, but there’s still a long road to travel

Putting the brakes on the gig economy is a good thing. Bingeing on something commonly makes you feel ill. But in the case of the stratospheric growth in online services and the deleterious effect of this on stressed-out, poorly paid workers, overindulging makes others sick.

From Australia to Canada, Chile, Brazil and much of Europe, gig economy firms have faced legal action, government enforcement or both as countries try to improve the rights of their workers.

The minister protests that Brexit was never a cloak behind which he would be busily downgrading workers’ rights

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