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ICTU on bogus self employment in construction

Bogus self employment in construction is a new briefing paper from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions on exploitation of workers in construction through the use of forced self employment of workers to save money for construction firms and employers. Not only does it exploit the workers it also rips off the state of valuable taxes. In many ways it is a double rip-off.

Below is from the Exec Summary of this paper:

Bogus self-employment in the construction industry has increased at an alarming rate in the last decade. The practice involves workers being incorrectly designated as ‘self-employed’ in order to save money for major contractors, in terms of tax and social insurance. This has had a number of very negative consequences for the workers concerned, for the industry as a whole and for wider society, resulting in very substantial losses to the State. Workers suffer the loss of employment protections and social insurance cover, while the wider industry sees an erosion of standards that make it less sustainable into the future. Meanwhile, the State and citizens are deprived of substantial revenue in the form of lost PRSI contributions, taxes foregone and public money lost to unscrupulous contractors engaged in de facto fraud.

Working Conditions in Ireland: Research Highlights 1

The Working Conditions in Ireland Project is funded by FEPS (Federation of European Progressive Studies) and the ICTU (Irish Congress of Trade Unions). This ‘Research Highlights’ only represents the views of the au-thors and not those of FEPS or ICTU.

For more information about the Working Conditions in Ireland project please visit: http://www.tasc.ie/researchpolicy/wcip.html

The first report from this project is entitled Low Paid and Demanding and looks at the hospitality sector. Full report available below:

Low Paid and Demanding

Not surprisingly it finds that the average earnings in hospitality are amongst the lowest in the economy, there are serious health and safety concerns and there is a severe lack of career paths or opportunity.

Read it in full and keep an eye out for upcoming reports on construction, financial services and ICT.

Challenging inequality through wage-led growth

Living Wage


Delegates Income Inequality is a complex topic and the solutions cannot be reduced to a single answer. We know that growing income disparities are part of a global trend. We know that for decades this Island of Ireland has been subjected to a system of Neo Liberal economics, dominant in the English speaking world, the most prominent exponents of which were people like Regan and Thatcher.

We know that the main policies of this dogma were to promote free trade, cut public spending, eliminate regulation, encourage wealth creators and reduce the role of Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining all of which have over those years caused considerable hardship and damage to the lives of workers and their families. You only have to consider the circumstances in Greece today to appreciate how far they will go to pursue this dogma without much regard to the deprivation to be visited on the ordinary people of that country. Delegates inequality isn’t the price to be paid for rising prosperity, Inequality makes rising prosperity possible. It is the engine driving this economic philosophy.

What does a properly functioning economy mean? Well it means that citizens who need a home can access one affordably, that everyone who needs healthcare can receive it through a universal system rather than a dual system which is solely based on how much wealth you own. It’s the availability of quality childcare , at reasonable rates, rather than the exorbitant sums currently required and it is an economy where people are not afraid to grow old but are assured of adequate income and care in their elder years.

Full speech can be read here patrica_king_address_bdc_2015