Thursday, 25 September 2014

European freelancers demand better working conditions

New freelancers' movement delivers manifesto and 7000 signatures to European Parliament.

Catherine Bearder MEP met with members of the European Freelancers' Movement today, who handed over supporters' signatures and delivered a Manifesto raising a strong voice in support of independent and self-employed workers.

Almost 7,000 freelancers in 29 European countries joined the online campaign calling for improvements in EU policies affecting independent workers.

"Freelancers and self-employed workers are a large and growing part of the European workforce, but we are ignored and isolated," said Joel Dullroy, campaign manager of the European Freelancers' Movement. "We went to Brussels to tell policy-makers that we should be taken seriously."

Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

"Self-employed workers and freelancers deserve to participate fully in the work and policies of the EU.

"This should be one of the core principles driving the work of the new European Commission."