Without increased inspection and penalties, there’s no incentive for gig economy firms to treat employees properly

• Jason Moyer-Lee is the general secretary of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain

This has been a busy week for the UK’s so-called gig economy. Uber drivers won their workers’ rights case for the third time in a row (this time in the court of appeal), and the government issued a response to two employment law reviews in what it hailed as the “largest upgrade in a generation to workplace rights”. Despite all the noise however, not much has changed.

Firms are hiding in plain sight, with an incredible amount of press attention leading to no serious state action

Related: Uber loses appeal over driver employment rights

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