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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10289: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on including Uber on its panel on the collaborative or gig economy, given the reported view that hiring drivers on a self-employed basis means they have no entitlement to holiday pay, pensions or workers' rights.

Answered by: Keith Brown 20 July 2017

The members of the Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy were chosen to represent a wide range of knowledge and expertise on the benefits and challenges of the collaborative economy. This necessarily includes members drawn from collaborative platforms, both in recognition of their practical experiences and of the fact that the most pragmatic international responses in this area have been developed when they were part of the process. The panel’s membership strikes a balance with a range of interests being represented, including STUC and Social Value Lab.

The Scottish Government recognises that the world of work is rapidly changing and that employment practices and the legislative framework need to adapt at a similar pace to ensure workers’ rights are protected and enhanced. Workers’ rights is one of the key areas that is being considered by the Panel and was the focus of their meeting on 26 July at which a wide range of organisations including Closing the Gap and GMB Union were invited to give evidence.