Labour’s Self-Employment Summit


This meeting involves people from a wide range
of backgrounds, both from business and from the trade union movement. Debbie Ahrahams: 80% of the net employment
gain has been in self employment since 2008. What we also know is, as Becky’s touched on,
in terms of the issues around new business models which have meant that previously employed
workers are now under self employed contracts. So there are real issues there around differentiating
that. Unfortunately we’ve seen an increase in bogus
self-employment; people who should be employed on full-time contracts but are being exploited. What we’re also seeing is a significant rise
in genuine self-employment; those with entrepreneurial spirit who want to get on. We actually want the Labour Party and others
in government to recognise the self-employed as being a legitimate way of working; how
to help self-employed people like myself and others to organise to assert their rights
that they’ve actually got. In the recent Budget, we were expecting the
Chancellor to bring forward measures which would protect self-employed people. Unfortunately what we saw was an attack, raising
National Insurance rates on the self-employed, without providing them with the access to
the benefits that employed people get. Despite all the rhetoric beforehand, they
don’t understand; they don’t empathise with people working for themselves, they don’t
understand what it is not to get sick pay, not to get holiday pay, actually struggle
to find work. That’s why Jeremy Corbyn and the whole of
the Labour Party, trade unions and organisations like the Federation of Small Businesses oppose
the Budget proposals by the Chancellor – and within a week he had to come back to parliament
to reverse them. We’re coming out of Europe now; we need to
be putting ourselves in the strongest position possible economically, and that’s about giving
strength to our self-employed entrepreneurs who want to grow our economy. On the basis of our discussions today at this
summit, we’ll be developing the policies that will then lead us into the next General Election,
to protect the self-employed, provide them with the opportunities and support that they
need and certainly reverse the attacks that this government has launched against them.

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