IT contractors call foul as EU threatens to scrap self-employed status

A European Commission Green Paper on labour law threatens the right of IT contractors to work as freelancers, the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) claims.

A European Commission Green Paper on labour law threatens the right of IT contractors to work as freelancers, the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) claims.

The group, which represents IT contractors, said that  the proposals showed that the Commission did not understand the UK’s contracting model.

“We fear that any new proposal based on this Green Paper risks being so ill-defined that it could destroy freelancing as we know it. We must send the message to the Commission that labour law should be left to individual member states,” said the PCG's CEO John Thomas.

The PCG is calling on the Commission to respect the existing commercial relationships between contractors and employers.

“Freelancers provide their services on a commercial basis and are not employees. The Green Paper completely fails to appreciate the differences between these commercial contracts and employment contracts,” Thomas said.

The PGC also said that the UK government should clarify employment status in the UK, which it said, had been thrown into confusion following recent court judgements.

 

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