Reader letter: Welcomes crackdown

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I welcome Labour’s announcement that it will crackdown on false self-employment in the construction industry.

False self-employment occurs when workers are registered self-employed but have all the characteristics of an employee.

The principal beneficiaries are employers who avoid paying national insurance and pension contributions, sickness and holiday pay.

Research by UCATT, the construction trade union, has found that up to 400,000 of these workers are falsely self-employed, and is costing the Treasury £1.9 billion a year in lost revenue.

By reducing false self-employment, the industry will become safer and training will be improved.

John Smithee

Wisbech