Labour Youth welcomes progress on Bogus Self Employment Bill

Labour Youth
01 March 2018


Labour Youth has welcomed the progress yesterday in the Seanad where Senator Ged Nash’s proposed law to tackle Bogus Self Employment passed to committee stage.

Labour Youth Chair Chloe Manahan said

“The condemnation of Bogus Self-Employment is not a conclusion it is difficult to arrive at. It’s obvious that employers
misrepresent their workers’ status as self-employed do so with the sole aim of tax avoidance and the neglect of workers’ rights.

“Labour Youth is delighted to see Senator Nash taking the lead on this issue, offering a sound piece of legislation that will help in fighting this erosion of workers’ rights. Without legislation such as this, employers will continue to force workers into Bogus Self-Employment, when their reality more accurately resembles direct employment in all but name.

“The proliferation of the gig economy has given rise to the widespread adoption of nasty employment practices, such as bogus self-employment. It deprives workers of their rights and cheats the State out of tens of millions of Euros in lost PRSI income and tax revenue.

“In contrast to the cynicism of Leo Varadkar’s ‘Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All’ campaign it is refreshing to see genuine measures to source lost tax revenue for use for the provision of public services.

“With the cross-party support of Oireachtas members, hopefully this vital protection for workers will be enacted as soon as possible – a welcome development.”

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