Although the IPSE has very much welcomed Labour’s effort to create a single ‘worker’ status, it believes that it fails to ‘grasp the nettle of employment status’.
The aim of Labour’s proposal is to replace the three existing employment categories: employee, worker and dependent contractor, with the category encompassing all but the genuinely self-employed.
Andy Chamberlain, Director of Policy at IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed), commented, “It’s very welcome that Labour is trying to tackle the confusion around worker rights, but these plans fail to grasp the nettle of employment status. And without more clarity on this issue, they risk seriously undermining the 4.2 million-strong self-employed sector.
“While it is absolutely right to try and clear the confusion in parts of the labour market such as the gig economy and secure rights for falsely self-employed people, it is essential to engage with the question of what exactly makes someone self-employed. Without this, structural change could threaten the freedom, flexibility and livelihoods of genuine freelancers.”