Labour issued IPSE the following statement: “Labour recognises that genuine self-employment brings many benefits, freedoms and flexibilities. Self-employed workers also bring important entrepreneurial spirit to a thriving economy.
“However, there is growing evidence that bogus self-employment is growing. The rapidly changing nature of work has opened up the space for exploitation by some.
“Labour will set up a Commission, with legal and academic experts and representation from industry and trade unions, to make sure self-employment works for both workers and the economy.
“We will protect low and middle income earners by committing to no increases in VAT, National Insurance Contributions and income tax for those earning below £80,000 a year. Under Labour’s plans, 95 per cent of taxpayers will be guaranteed no increase in their income tax contributions and everyone will be protected from any increase in personal National Insurance Contributions and VAT.
“Labour will seek to strengthen self-employed workers rights to maternity, and paternity, leave. Labour believes that all workers should have the same rights and protections whatever kind of work they do.
“With regards to Brexit, Labour’s priority will be securing new trading arrangements that match the benefits of the Single Market. That means continued tariff-free trade between the UK and the EU and no new non-tariff barriers to trade. Whether this is best achieved through reformed membership of the Single Market or a new trade deal is a matter for negotiation. Theresa May is wrong to have ruled out Single Market membership before negotiations have even begun.”
In their manifesto Labour has stated that it “recognises that the law often struggles to keep up with the ever-changing new forms of employment and work, so we will set up a dedicated commission to modernise the law around employment status. New statutory definitions of employment status would reduce the need for litigation and improve compliance.”