Workers are being pressured into bogus self-employment contracts in a wide variety of sectors including in the media, arts, and construction sectors.
Speaking in the Dáil today, Teachta Brady said;
“This practice has been rampant across numerous sectors for some time now. Bogus self-employment creates big winners and even bigger losers.
“For an employer who classifies a worker who is actually an employee as self-employed there is no Employer PRSI to pay, no pension contributions to make, no sick, paternity or maternity leave to pay, no redundancy payments, no annual leave or public holiday pay.
“For a worker misclassified as self-employed this means less entitlement to social welfare supports if and when they need them. It also means no access to an occupational pension, no paid sick, paternity or maternity leave, no redundancy pay, no fixed breaks or rest periods, no paid annual leave or pubic holidays.
“It means no job security and no protection from unfair dismissal.
“The winner is the fraudulent employer who dodges their responsibilities and bypasses employment law.
“The losers are those that pay the price for the actions of their employer – the workers. The other big loser is the State, who suffers huge losses in PRSI contributions meaning serious consequences for the public finances and the Exchequer
“In the Construction sector alone, ICTU have put the loss of PRSI paid to the State due to bogus self-employment at €640 million over 8 years – that is only one sector where we know that bogus self-employment is an issue and that is the loss.
“This Bill stands up for these workers and the State. It not only seeks to make it an offence to issue a self-employed contract to an employee but it goes much further in ensuring that the self-employed receive basic rights and protections as employees do, such as annual leave and pay and rest periods.
“Basic workers’ rights that have been denied to those left to suffer at the hands of a rogue employer while the State stands idly by.”