Action needed to help London’s low paid post-Brexit
Please see below report from the Economy Committee, on which I sit.
You can read the EU exit and workers’ rights brief in full here:
- London’s economy is changing, with a rise in self-employment, partly driven by a growing gig economy.
- 18 percent of all workers in London are self-employed – that’s the highest rate in the UK.
- Two thirds of self-employed Londoners earn less than the equivalent of a full-time employee on the London Living Wage (currently £9.75 per hour).
- EU employment law sets a minimum standard for workers’ rights, but post-Brexit UK workers’ rights could start to fall below the standard set.
- Better paid jobs and more flexible working options will be key to tackling low pay and unlocking the potential of London’s labour market.
The London Assembly Economy Committee publishes ‘EU exit: workers’ rights and the London labour market’ today. The short report sets out robust and radical approaches to support low paid workers in a post-Brexit London:
- The Mayor should accelerate work on take-up of the London Living Wage, to help reduce the proportion of Londoners facing in-work poverty.
- Given the uncertainty for workers’ rights, any new regulations should promote an inclusive, fair and flexible working environment.
- The Mayor and London boroughs need to radically think about tackling low pay by raising minimum wage standards and ensuring better enforcement.
- The Mayor should lobby the Government for a minimum wage that truly reflects the cost of living and working in the capital.
Fiona Twycross AM, Chair of the Economy Committee, said:
“Employment rights face a number of uncertainties and a lot of workers in London are already getting a raw deal when it comes to wages, housing and the cost of living.
Post-Brexit, these uncertainties and issues will not disappear and unless we act radically to improve people’s livelihoods, the situation will get worse.
More devolution can bring opportunities to shape London’s labour market for the better.
The Mayor has been a strong advocate for London with the Government since the referendum and we urge him to continue to make the best use of opportunities to improve the livelihoods of working Londoners in these uncertain times, particularly around tackling low pay.”