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Sinn Féin publishes legislation to protect employees from Bogus Self-Employment

5 April, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD


Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has published the Bogus Self-Employment Bill 2019 to protect the basic rights of employees.

Speaking today Teachta Quinlivan said;

“This bill is badly needed.

“Workers are being pressured into bogus self-employment contracts, especially in media, arts, and construction sectors.

“These workers are being denied basic employee protections, as well as putting them in insecure arrangements.

“The surge of bogus self-employment costs the Irish exchequer around €300m a year.

“At the same time we have serious anomalies whereby workers in the Garda Siochána and the Defence Forces, as well as trainee doctors and employees at sea, are exempt from the EU working time directive which protects workers from being worked to exhaustion.

“This bill will tackle these issues.

“It will make it an offence to issue a self-employed contract to an employee;

“It will give protections to employees who raise these issues with their trade union, the Revenue Commissioners, or the Department of Social Protection;

“It will extend the 1997 Organisation of Working Time Act to Gardaí, the Defence forces, trainee doctors, and employees at sea.

“And it will extend certain rest break and annual leave entitlements to those on self-employed contracts in order to close down some of the loopholes that currently exist.”

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