Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 9 December 2021

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 37 - Social Protection
Chapter 9 - Regularity of Social Welfare Payments
Chapter 10 - Management of Social Welfare Appeals
Chapter 11 - Controls Over the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

9:30 am

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein)
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The workers in these sectors - in the gig economy or whatever we like to call it - if they are employed on a self-employment basis, have an imbalance of power between themselves and the employer and they are in a very weak position. If they say “Boo”, there is somebody else waiting to take their position. There is a vulnerability there for workers. I make the point that the Department needs to be aware of that in terms of the classification. It is very difficult for a worker who is a cycle courier or a motorcycle courier to take a case. Their employer will straightaway, in most cases, move to make life difficult for them. I ask the Department to be aware of that.