- The 'new' self-employed: an issue for social policy?
- European Journal of Social Security
- Volume | Issue number
- 14 | 3
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Hugo Sinzheimer Instituut (HSI)
In this article, an attempt is made to advance the thinking about the ‘new’ self-employed (NSE). This is done by describing four cases which can be considered representative for the ambiguous attitude of social policy makers towards NSE. In the end four conclusions are drawn. The target group is too varied for statements about desirable legislation or social policy architecture, but a substantial proportion does deserve the qualification ‘precarious’ and, consequently, the attention of social policy. The solution lies in categorical arrangements which address the need for protection in specific sectors. The time is ripe for this. Research has shown that the proposition that many NSE are concerned about their vulnerability as workers is untrue. They see that they are no longer protected by collective arrangements, and they have experienced that the market can resolve only a limited portion of their problems. Their concerns can provide the foundation for a collective facility with mandatory solidarity which should be branche related. And finally, the complexity surrounding NSE labour is especially confronting for the labour unions, but they could also approach their entry as an opportunity to regroup around the interests of all workers, no matter what their labour law status.
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