Getting organised


This report from the UK think tank the Fabian Society looks at low-paid self-employment and trade unions.

Trade unions need to better represent the UK’s 4 million self-employed workers, according to a new report by the Fabian Society. Getting Organised calls on unions to respond to the rising number of self-employed workers – 49% of whom are low-paid – by adopting a 3-part plan which includes campaigning for a statutory definition of self-employment. In the decade since the 2008 global financial crisis, the number of self-employed workers has risen dramatically and the number of self-employed workers experiencing low-pay and poor terms and conditions has also risen. It is estimated that some 460,000 workers are falsely categorised as self-employed by employers looking to cut costs but only 7% of self-employed workers are currently members of a trade union.

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