The Mirror newspaper has launched a campaign to close the loophole in UK law that allows many workers to be denied their rights. Many workers are treated as ‘self-employed’ by their employers, which means they do not receive employment rights, even though in reality they are clearly working for the company, not for themselves.
This use of bogus self-employment to deny workers job security, sick pay, holiday pay and even the minimum wage, is common in sectors such as construction, and delivery. Homeworkers are also being exploited through this false self-employment loophole.
The law needs to change so that only those who are truly in business for themselves are deemed self-employed, and all those working for another person or company get the rights and protections they deserve.