It’s astounding to me that there is an entire organization based wholly on a misunderstanding of the law.
While Freelancer’s Union has its heart in the right place, they are utterly wrong about its most basic premise.
Freelancers are not part of the workforce. Freelancers are not “workers.” Freelancers, by definition of law, are self-employed BUSINESS OWNERS.
With articles like this, Freelancers Union is actually perpetuating the idea to employers to continue to disregard and abuse employment laws.
People who are “self-employed” are just that: self-employed. They are not employees or “workers” nor part of the “workforce.” (Those are terms of employment, not business, and have no place in a business-to-business context.)
They are running their own business providing a service. And when you are running your own business, it is up to you — and only you — to provide your own agreements and determine and dictate when, where and how you work, what you charge and everything else that goes along with being self-employed.
If you’re going to combat the problem, THIS is the education you need to be having with the self-employed who don’t understand these legal distinctions.
Freelancers Union could do more good by abolishing the idiotic word “freelancer” because it does nothing to educate the self-employed about their role as a business owner and how to run their business like a business and not work with clients like an employee.
That right there is responsible for nearly 100% of their nonpayment problems. As it is, all they are doing is creating more victims.