Autumn Statement 2013: A possible step forward on false self-employment and a kick in the teeth on pensions

Construction union UCATT has given a cautious welcome to the Chancellor’s announcement in today’s autumn statement that the Government, “will amend existing legislation to prevent employment intermediaries being used to avoid employment taxes by disguising employment as self-employment.”

Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT, said; “Hundreds of thousands of workers are having their lives blighted by being forced to work through payroll companies and other forms of false self-employment. Workers are denied holiday pay, sick pay and pension rights and can be sacked without warning.”

“If the Government is serious about removing payroll companies this is to be welcomed. However, it is only by ending false self-employment that the Government will increase revenues and ensure workers are not denied even the most basic employment rights.”

Commentating on the Government’s announcement that the pension age will increase to 70. Mr Murphy added: “This is a kick in the teeth to construction workers, many of whom are forced to retire before they reach pension age due to ill health and injury. More construction workers will find themselves in limbo, too old to work but too young to retire and will be forced into poverty relying on benefits to survive.”

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