UNION

Popup

Coronavirus threat leaves gig economy workers 'abandoned and penniless'

28 Feb 2020
Press Office

Press Office

Member requiring help?
Printable PDF

The threat of coronavirus is leaving gig economy workers ‘abandoned and penniless’ says GMB.

Workers in the gig economy – or on zero hours contact – who have to self-isolate due to the coronavirus are often left with no wages and little support from their employer.

One recent case saw a delivery driver contacted by a customer who considered themselves high risk.

The driver told the company who instructed her not to come back into work – meaning she would have no wages until she was given the all clear.

GMB stepped in and the company backed down - but more and more gig economy workers are suffering the same fate.

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer, said:

“The threat of Coronavirus is a huge problem for employers and worker across the UK.

“But workers in the so-called gig economy, or on zero hours contracts, are left abandoned and penniless if they have to self-isolate.

“Once again the bogus self-employment model is screwing over the disadvantaged.

“GMB is calling on all employers - regardless of the contract– to do the right thing and pay their workers if they have to take time off due to the global health crisis.”

 
Join more than 600,000 people and become a GMB member today
Join Us!