Italian Freelancer Defeat Unfair Tax Reforms

Freelancers in Italy have successfully forced their government to reverse harmful new pension and taxation reforms – and doubled the strength of their organization at the same time.

By launching a coordinated campaign involving social media and small public demonstrations, Italian freelancers convinced prime minister Matteo Renzi to admit he had made one of the biggest mistakes of his career.

His mistake was to introduce a new law on January 1, 2015, which significantly increased pension contributions and income tax for independent workers, who already pay very high rates for access to basic social services.