12 June 2020
Two Uber drivers, along with the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain, have told the High Court that self-employed workers in the gig economy have been discriminated against during the coronavirus crisis, reports Morning Star Online. The drivers claimed that the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, the package rolled out by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, is “significantly worse” than the job retention scheme. They argue that the scheme covers fewer months and does not cover other costs that self-employed workers must often fork out for. At the same time, the IWGB argued that the government’s statutory sick pay regime discriminates against women and black and ethnic minority (BAME) workers.