- Title: Launching gig economy review, Britain's May hopes to regain authority
- Date: 11th July 2017
- Summary: SHANGHAI, CHINA (FILE) (REUTERS) WOMAN LOOKING AT PHONE/BANNER READING (English): "UBER: EVERYONE'S PRIVATE DRIVER" PEOPLE LOOKING AT SMART PHONE SMART PHONE SCREEN SHOWING UBER CHINESE LANGUAGE APP
- Embargoed: 25th July 2017 13:23
- Keywords: Theresa May Speech Uber Gig Economy review British economy
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / UNKNOWN LOCATION, AND SHANGHAI, CHINA / DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / UNKNOWN LOCATION, AND SHANGHAI, CHINA / DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Lawmaking,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0046P9WI13
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- Story Text: Prime Minister Theresa May tried to wrest back control of Britain's political agenda on Tuesday (July 11) by unveiling proposals to protect workers in the "gig economy" in a direct challenge to opposition parties.
May wants to signal that it is business as usual for her government after an ill-judged election gamble damaged her authority and threw away her governing Conservatives' majority in parliament, emboldening the main opposition Labour Party.
She hopes that the launch of the review into employment practices which she ordered shortly after becoming prime minister almost a year ago will re-set her agenda and show that her pledge to help those Britons who are "just about managing" is more than just a slogan.
The review, compiled by Chief Executive of The Royal Society of Arts Matthew Taylor, calls for a new category of worker called a "dependent contractor" meaning that those Britons working for companies such as taxi app Uber and takeaway food courier Deliveroo would receive more benefits.
May has challenged her political rivals to "contribute, not just criticise" her plans - a move reflecting both her need for help to pass reforms through parliament, and her resolve to press ahead despite questions about her future as leader.
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