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July 23, 2009

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Union welcomes step to reduce bogus self-employment

The Treasury has launched a consultation aimed at reducing bogus

self-employment in the construction industry — a move that UCATT has

welcomed as a first step in reducing worker exploitation and improving

site safety.

Bogus self-employment occurs when workers are officially classified as self-employed but have all the normal working relationships of an employee.

The Government proposes that all construction workers be deemed employees unless they supply their own materials, provide a large amount of plant, or provide other people’s labour as well as their own.

UCATT says sites that use the bogus self-employed have lower safety levels, leading to workers being at greater risk of being injured or killed.

The consultation is available here.

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