Many more people are either choosing to be self-employed or are being forced into self-employment. Self-employment can bring many satisfactions as ‘you are your own boss’.

But it can also lead to a pattern of insecurity and stress. Some employers are also forcing workers into a bogus self-employed status so that they do not have to pay holiday entitlements or make a pension contribution. We want:

  • To change the law to favour workers who want to stop bogus self-employment. Employers who try to avoid their legal obligation should be heavily fined to discourage others.
  • A new social insurance contract for the self-employed. There should be a special self-employed rate which is higher than the PAYE rate but guarantees access to key benefits in return. Payment of this new rate would entitle the self-employed to Family Income Supplement, illness benefit and unemployment benefit. The new social contract with the self-employed would also guarantee a minimum social welfare payment (€196 a week) for holidays.