Gig economy workers should get more protection: UK report

LONDON (AP) — A former adviser to Tony Blair is unveiling a much-anticipated report on the so-called gig economy, and has advised additional protection for workers in facing of vanishing job security.

Matthew Taylor's study concluded that a new category of worker — the "dependent worker" — should be created to secure genuine flexibility for laborers.

Taylor's report, commissioned by the government, is considered to be an important piece of research in addressing the challenges of a quickly changing workplace. Taylor set out seven "principles for fair and decent work," including additional protections for workers suffering unfair, one-sided flexibility.

Unions and employment lawyers have criticized the report, saying it offered a feeble response to the growing number of workers in delivery and ride-hailing firms such as Deliveroo and Uber.