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Labour announces policy to create a single status of 'worker' with rights from day one

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Labour has this evening announced plans to create a single status of ‘worker’ to include employees and ‘limb b’ workers. The genuinely self-employed would retain their self-employed status.

The proposal would remove qualifying periods for some basic employment rights to give workers day one rights in the job.

All workers would receive rights and protections including Statutory Sick Pay, National Minimum Wage entitlement, holiday pay, paid parental leave, and protection against unfair dismissal.

The proposal follows the series of cases on employment status and gig economy workers (UberDeliveroo and Addison Lee etc).

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Employment Rights and Protections Secretary, said:

“Millions of workers are in insecure employment with low pay and few rights and protections, particularly key workers whose efforts got the country through the pandemic.

“A lack of basic rights and protections forces working people into poverty and insecurity. This is terrible for working people, damaging for the economy, and as we have seen throughout the pandemic, devastating for public health."