Episode Episode 2
Season 2

Stop Exploitation of Gig Economy Workers? Change The Tax System!

“you see, we are relying on the courts to do work that ought to be done by legislations. The problem with the courts is the courts are only making a judgement on the case that is put in front of them. They’re not changing the law. They’re changing the case law, but they’re not changing the law.”

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In this interview, Taylor argues for a change in the UK tax system to stop exploitation of workers in the gig economy as he considers them particularly vulnerable to unscrupulous firms. He’s also unconvinced that the recent Surpreme Court judgement in the Uber case will have any lasting impact. He argues that case law isn’t the same as a change in the law and the Government have essentially outsourced employment law legislation to the courts.

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Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor is the outgoing CEO of the Royal Society for Arts Manufacturers and Commerce, more commonly known as the RSA, and the former interim director of Labour Market Enforcement, the body created to tackle non-compliance with employment legislation. His 2017 independent report into modern work practises, commonly referred to as The Taylor Review, was the basis of the government’s Good Work Plan.

Taylor is also a former Director of Policy and Chief Advisor on Strategy to the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, a former Director of the Think Tank, The Institute for Public Policy Research, and a regular panellist for BBC’s Radio Four programme, The Moral Maze. Matthew was awarded a CBE in 2019 for services to employment right

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