Government must ban zero-hour contracts, says TUC

By agency reporter
April 24, 2018

Commenting on new figures published by the Office for National Statistics, which show that UK firms used 1.8 million zero-hour contacts in 2017 and that 901,000 people have a zero-hour contract as their main employment (final quarter of 2017), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said, “Most people are not on zero-hour contracts by choice. They want the same rights, security and guaranteed hours as other employees.

“More than half of zero-hour contract workers have had jobs cancelled with less than a day’s notice. Zero-hour contracts are a licence to treat people like disposable labour and the government should ban them.”

A TUC commissioned poll of workers on zero-hour contracts published in December 2017 found that:

  • More than half (51 per cent) of zero-hours workers have had shifts cancelled at less than 24 hours' notice
  • Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) have been offered work at less than 24 hours' notice
  • Only 25 per cent say they prefer being on zero-hours contracts
  • Only one in eight (12 per cent) say they get sick pay
  • Only one in 14 (seven per cent) would get redundancy pay
  • Two-fifths (43 per cent) say they do not get holiday pay
  • Half (47 per cent) say they do not get written terms and conditions
  • Just one in 20 (five per cent) say they have the right to a permanent contract after working the same hours consistently.

The TUC is holding a march and rally in London on Saturday 12 May 2018 demanding a new deal for working people.



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