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We expose the high end cosmetics store breaking the law -
some of its staff earn as little as ?2 per hour and are
They stress you every day, six days, 12 hours, you are under stress all
the time. The workers are denied basic rights
like paid sick leave. One legal expert says it's
a flagrant breach of employment law. These are a hard-working people
being deprived of valuable employment rights, and it strikes me
that it is exploitation. From east to west, new plans to
expand wanton's multi-billion pound tech centre to rival world cities.
Plus, it may be full of beans, but can Coffey really help you live
And as Joe contour wows the crowd and get through to the semifinals,
we will have the weather live from Wimbledon. -- Johanna
Welcome to the programme with me, Riz Lateef.
We expose a London company exploiting its staff -
in some cases earning the equivalent of ?2 per hour.
If you're employed, it's against the law to be earning less
than the minimum wage or deny workers benefits like
But our undercover filming shows how a cosmetics
chain in the Capital gets round this, by insisting
they sign a contract saying they're self-employed.
BBC London's been investigating a company operating in some of the
UK's most prestigious shopping locations.
We found workers seemingly paid below the minimum
In what is called bogus self employment.
This manager tells our undercover researcher that to
work at her company she must be self-employed.
Soap Co, with no connection to other friends with similar names,
sells skin products from the Dead Sea in outlets at the Westfield
and at their high end Sakare stores in Covent Garden and Mayfair.
We heard they were treating staff badly.
Our undercover researcher, Clara, will go and work for
Self-employed people should have the freedom
to choose when they work, but here, it's a mandatory schedule.
They have to be at work for around 60 hours, six days a week.
Do you know if we can take days off on the weekends?
A self-employed person would ordinarily be free to
do the work or not do the work on a given day.
And that's not what we saw was happening here.
And they are highly controlled, with penalties
for not cleaning properly and using their mobiles.
Some of the workers Clara speaks to our exhausted and
This woman from Bulgaria, like many of the workers here, was
recruited from abroad with the offer of accommodation and a job.
When people are pushing you and the stress you every day,
six days, 12 hours, you are under stress all the time.
I was thinking that I will come to do something
with my life, and after that, and became...
By claiming staff are self-employed, this company avoids
having to pay a whole host of in work benefits.
Such a sick and holiday pay, and the minimum wage.
When Carla collects her first pay packet, it is well under the
national minimum wage for the hours worked.
For 90 hours, I've received, like, ?200.
Which makes it, like, ?3, less than ?3 an hour.
This is false self employment, and this is
much more an employment relationship than any I have seen, but
unfortunately, quite an exploitative employment relationship.
This is the owner of Soap Co in Finchley with his
sister from our undercover recording in charge of day-to-day operations.
There are two other owners from America and Israel.
In a statement, Soap Co said they took the
responsibilities under UK law very seriously.
They said, we are therefore extremely concerned to
learn about the allegations made by some individuals about the company's
As a consequence, we are reviewing those
allegations and the implications, if any, regarding the employment status
We also asked these two managers about their
understanding of the working relationship here, but they didn't
Soap Co work in London's top shopping locations, but
there are big questions for customers with skincare products of
the working relationship with their staff.
I'm joined by our political correspondent, Karl Mercer.
Karl, an isolated case or an example of wider practice?
I have beans begin to employment lawyers and unions as afternoon, and
many of the people I spoke to recognise much of what we saw in the
report there. It does appear that they wouldn't have seen all of these
things in one individual workplace. This is probably at the more serious
end of things. The all pointed to devising the self appointment
contracts. One person described it as an epidemic. They said it's not
just in detail, the taxi trade or delivering of food, but seeing it
more and more it increasingly in the care sector. Something we are very
much aware of and one union said they had ten major cases already
underweight and preserve workers' rights in cases like this.
We've been hearing today about a Government commissioned
report recommending fairer contracts for workers.
Matthew Taylor did a report for Government looking at modern working
practices, looking at a whole range of things, but certainly
self-employment and this plate big part in it. He wanted workers
relabelled as independent contractors, giving them more
rights. They would get things except as an holiday benefits, and
enhancement runways, better enforcement on the Government. That
would possibly bring in higher taxes, because a lot of these firms
would have to pay national insurance contributions. There would be a win
in there for the Government. How has his report on down? People are
sceptical about whether it will actually be introduced and brought
in by the Government. The union Theatre hasn't gone far enough. A
lot of the firms involved, people like Uber, giving it a cautious
welcome, but thing don't let lose the flexibility that these contacts
blowing. Bring. The capital's tech sector has
attracted more investment than any other European city
since the Brexit vote. But there are concerns that this
could change once the UK Well, one Council is taking steps
to maintain London's status as Europe's leading city
for tech innovation. Let s find out more
from Katharine Carpenter, No prizes for guessing where I am,
the BBC's old home at the Television Centre, which is now being turned
into luxury apartments with a luxury swimming pool at the top. Why does
this matter? The idea is to build a sense of community here. This is the
reason. Look at the building work going on. This part of west London
is absolutely booming. It's estimated that a new tech company is
born here in the capital every hour. Hammersmith and Fulham Council wants
to see themselves the thing themselves right here.
It's got table football, the quirky office mascot and the trendy open
The education technology company Firefly in west
London has all the hallmarks of a growing tech business.
But here in Hammersmith and Fulham, they want to
The council wants the borough to become a centre
for entrepreneurs of innovation, but attracting talent
here and retaining it has become all the more
Particularly with so much competition now with the rest of the
While the French president is offering
fast-track visas for tech employees, west London is offering
this - an innovation campus at White City, the centrepiece
If I was an entrepreneur and I was thinking of
setting up a tech business tomorrow, why would I come to Hammersmith and
Fulham and not to east London or Paris or Berlin?
If you came here, you would find a local authority
that was genuinely determined to help you thrive.
Doesn't want to get in your way, it wants to support you.
Give you access to finance, getting affordable and flexible
office space, introduce you to people with new ideas, and help
East London's Silicon Roundabout has had success
with similar pledges, but tech is lucrative, and it's hardly
surprising the west wants a slice of the action.
Last year, ?2.2 billion was invested in London's digital tech
It creates around 300,000 jobs, and the capital gives birth to
But Hammersmith and Fulham hopes it might have the edge.
Thanks to the huge brains and innovation
experience at Imperial College, its new partner.
Our purpose from Imperial College's point of view is
to create the facilities and the spaces for the most fabulous ideas
to be developed and turned into life, and put out for society
The founders of Firefly had their big idea when they
They say the biggest draw west is flexibility.
One of the reasons we've taken the longterm
decision to be in west London is that there is actually more
office space and a wider range of office
space, so that as we have grown from two people
when we started here in
Hammersmith to 50, to 100 people next year, that there are a wider
range of options to do that in west London.
So, now it's up to west London to deliver and take on the
This isn't just about bricks and water, the council says it is about
building an ecosystem of innovation. He might have scientists going to
into local schools, local training. If a tech company does decide to
basic self here, there might be a local workforce ready and waiting.
That could become all the more important and I do stress if there
are fewer workers coming from the US after Brexit. Now the council have
too delivered a plan for this part of time. -- coming from you.
A huge growth in the number of minicabs in London
is making our city's air pollution road congestion worse.
That's according to a group of MP's who are calling for urgent action
to limit the number of private hire vehicles in the capital.
Here's our transport correspondent, Tom Edwards.
The average speed of traffic in London has now dropped to 7.8 mph.
Some blame a big increase in cars like the one in front, minicabs. Ash
has been a minicab driver for six months. He worries about a limit
being put on the number of vehicles Lakers. We are trying to earn a
living by fair means. Rather than signing on the dole or claiming from
the Government. We are working hard 12 or 14 hours a day, trying to earn
a living. If the cap it, what am I going to do? I can't find a job.
This is a job for me. I think it would be totally unfair.
Tempers can fray as cabs jockey for space. The number of minicab
licenses has doubled since 2010, in part due to apps like Uber. Now
there are calls for the Government to give the mayor powers to cap that
number. What we are calling for is a cross-party group of MPs from London
to give the Mayor of London the power that needs to cap private hire
in London to bring them back down to more sustainable levels in the
interests of all Londoners. We think the market has been oversupplied.
People have been promised gold at the end of rainbow. In fact, there
is a bag of dirt. These promises to get great returns that aren't really
there, working in congested, long arduous hours about the reality of a
proper income for people and their families. Not like others the
increased congestion is due to road and construction work and a rising
delivery vans. Capping private hire vehicles would only increase fears.
I think is transparently anti-consumer move designed to the
black cap industry, it means higher prices, longer wait times and worse
service for consumers. The mayor says he has no legal powers to cap
the number of minicabs, but he is now considering charging them for
entering the congestion charging zone. My message for the Government
is stop being control freaks. Stop thinking you have all the ideas, you
know what to do about our city. Londoners know far better than you
do and what you need to do is give us the powers to control the amount
of minicab drivers in London. Tonight the Government said they had
no plans to devolve more powers. Tonight, the London mayor is not in
Tonight, the London mayor is not in charge of London bus backstreets.
As those he could London love that Coffey, but couldn't because live
longer, to? And died at Tate modern looking at the Art of the black
civil rights movement and how it influenced the struggle on the side
of the pond. -- I am at. Turning now to an idea that's
already been adopted Now for the first time in the UK,
nursery school children and people who live in a care home are spending
time together every day Graham Satchell has been
to Wimbledon to find out more. Young and old, singing,
playing, interacting When it officially opens
in September, this will be the first nursery in the country to be sited
in the grounds of the care home. # I'm very pleased to meet you,
I'm very pleased to meet you.# Children spend more
of their time away from other age groups
and the elderly spend more of their time
away from everybody else, so there is something just very natural
about bringing them back together. A sports day to
celebrate the opening, and 87-year-old Faye is showing
off her egg spoon skills. Children from the nearby nursery
had been coming here on weekly trips since January,
and Faye has loved it. We sing and dance,
and the play games. I mean, for most of the residents
let go, they have a Bringing young and old together
like this already happens Experts say the
advantages are clear, particularly for the elderly
in tackling isolation, loneliness. Finding the right sites
with enough space, and of course, making sure both
children and adults are safe. Back inside, 90-year-old
Walter is making glasses out of Play-Doh
and passing on years of wisdom. Careful play arranged
by grown-ups is teaching them many things they don't
know they're learning. As an old person, you know,
coming to the end of my life, it's a great joy to see new human
beings growing and growing. There is certainly
hope here that it will Time to wake up
and smell the coffee? Well, London scientists have been
involved in one of two studies suggesting coffee drinkers have
longer life expectancy. Could it be the clearest evidence
yet that the drink may be But others have urged caution saying
the research isn't conclusive. If only kids about the Peter Falk
the. If only you could smell the beautiful copy. There is a tasting
session going on, these burritos are not only having a great time
slurping on it. They may actually be doing themselves some good.
They may actually be doing themselves some good.
We really do take our coffee seriously here.
In the UK, we buy more than two billion cups of this a year.
We have two, kind of, balance out a lot...
In London, it's no longer a drink associated with likes
of vices such as cigarettes or alcohol.
A daily cup or three is part of life for people who take
An increase of consuming more black coffee
rather than any type, and really looking
whether you put sugar or
sweetener and all these kinds of little details to how people
And I think with that, people realise that
actually is not a coffee that causes them any problems, it's the
additional stuff that you put in a coffee that
Researchers at Imperial College London monitored half a million
The effects of coffee were noticeable.
Men who drank coffee, on average, lived an
That's an average nine minute a cup if you're a man, three-minutes
If you look at people who smoke and people who
Which ever way we subdivide the half a million people
who have been part of our investigation, we consistently find
that those who consume coffee have a lower mortality.
And the more they drink coffee the lower their
Scientists still haven't worked out exactly what it
is, if anything, in coffee that makes us live longer.
There are so many other factors at play here,
such as what we eat, or what exercise we do.
I think it shows that there is no need to give up
It can be part of the healthy diet, but I wouldn't
necessarily recommend people going out and starting to drink more.
Someone said that you should take a brisk walk to a coffee shop
and then turn around and go home again,
because the brisk walk is going to do you far more good
There is no recommendation about how much we need to drink for
Although one thing we should bear in mind is what we add to it.
Muhammad Ali as depicted by Andy Warhol in his famous
It's part of an exhibition at the Tate Modern, which features
art made during America's civil rights movement and the emergence
Alice Bhandhukravi has taken a look to discover how the African American
struggle was strongly echoed here in London.
More and more, I have come to realise that racism is a world
problem. Martin Luther King bringing his dreams of freedom and equality
to London. It is 1964 and that is where this exhibition at Tate modern
begins. The work of mostly American artists at the height of the civil
rights movement. But if the movement that was felt here too. The Black
Panthers, the militant party that formed in the US to combat white
oppression, had it when you're in the UK. This man's parents were both
British Black Panthers. His father was a writer and campaigner.
Brothers and sisters and I were completely immersed in what the
struggle was. It was hard to get away from it. My dad organised the
biggest mass demonstration of young people because of the incident were
a lot of children were killed in a fire born in a house fire. I
remember being in the truck with my dad at the forefront of the march.
You were a mini Black Panther goes back yes, I was. This show is not
straight politics. It's about the contribution of black artists over a
20 year period. British people are obsessed with black music and film
from this time. We grew up listening to James Brown and Aretha Franklin.
The art of this time is much less well-known. I hope that the
knowledge about this period will inspire people to come and see
chapter of the story that they may not know so much about. Do you think
that is so relevant today? It is completely relevant today. Live in
as turbulent a time of the artists who went through the 60s and 70s
were living in. They went too many protests, like our viewers. Younger
viewers may not be aware that seems like this took place in London in
the 1970s, but that is precisely why they should be remembered. You have
to know your history and worries came from if you want to shoot for
your going. I think 100% people should come down here and be
inspired by what has gone before and what he can then call on. -- then go
on to achieve. Let's cross to Wimbledon now
and to Wendy for the weather. So used to tournament
basking in sunshine, Absolutely. They have all gone home
now. Have you ever seen as hell look so empty glove they sat there
devoted to their sport for a good couple of hours watching that
fantastic match. These Brits have not been Dam Biggar at all. How
could they be? Has been raining fairly steadily since about 4:30pm.
It crossed through Surrey before that. It will now continue through
the rest of this evening and indeed overnight as. There have been heavy
bursts amongst all that and I will continue to be the case as we go
through the night, especially in the early hours of the morning. A great
watering for the gardens and the parks. I imagine it's not much fun a
few are heading out at the moment. As you are up really early tomorrow
morning, you might see the tail end of that rain moving away towards the
South East. It should have cleared London and the South East by 7am or
something like that. Then a bit of a windy spell through tomorrow morning
and all high pressure sites to build on. When the afternoon, the winds
will ease back and we will have something to breaking through.
Pieces of cloud here and there, but looking fine for Wednesday in the
afternoon. Plenty of Lake Europe but with temperatures getting into 22 or
23 degrees. This fine weather continues into Thursday as well.
There will be perhaps a little bit more cloud is as go through the day
on Thursday, what we will certainly start with some sunny spells, just
the risk of one or two showers of the day goes on. We might draw in
some warmer here from the South East on Thursday. Perhaps 23, 24 it
Celsius. The outlook is something similar. High pressure staying
weather bright the way through the week as well. There will be some
decent sunny spells and perhaps just one or two showers first thing on
Friday. Largely a dry entered the day. Again, a few are open to what
it bit of tennis or 80 heading down here, there is plenty of dry weather
to be had. The weekend will turn warmer, more humid as well. There
could be further outbreaks of rain here and there, but it has been a
very wet afternoon here at Wimbledon. It will continue to be so
as we go through tonight as well. A good excuse to get the special
wellies on when the weather is like this. You're been cheering us up,
windy. Thank you very much. The Government's announced there'll
be a UK-wide inquiry At least 2,400 people
are thought to have died after being given NHS blood products
infected with hepatitis C and HIV It was a nail-biting finish for
contact she reached the semifinals. Any the going into match she was
Rhule not going to give new area much for free, so I definitely had
to be the one at there to create my own chances and I felt I did that
and I feel fortunate enough that I won. Congratulations to her.
More from me later during the 10:00pm news.
Plenty more, though, of course, on our website.
From all of us on the team, thanks for watching and enjoy your evening.
This is what it takes to get her to come home, you know?