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TUC Calls For Crack Down On Zero-Hours Contracts

May 16, 2017

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has issued a call for the government to take a stand on zero-hours contracts, ensuring that those working regular hours are given the right to a guaranteed-hours contract.

Furthermore, those on variable-hours contracts should receive overtime pay for working outside their contracts and all workers should be given the right to a written statement of terms, conditions and working hours from the moment they join a company. And everyone at work should also be afforded the same rights as an employee, unless it can be shown that they are genuinely self-employed.

General secretary of the TUC Frances O’Grady said: “Let’s not pretend that life at the sharp end of the labour market is getting easier. There is growing evidence of firms employing staff on short-hours contracts to avoid the bad PR associated with zero-hours jobs.

“These contracts guarantee as little as one hour a week, and like zero-hours contracts place workers at the beck and call of their bosses. Every party manifesto must have real commitments to crack down on zero-hours contracts and other forms of insecure work.”

She was commenting after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that growth in UK zero-hours contracts has stalled. In November last year, there were 1.7 million such contracts in place, making up six per cent of all employment contracts. And the ONS has now said that the number of companies using these kinds of contracts have fallen.

Ms O’Grady noted that without government intervention, zero-hours contracts will continue to be a reality for many in the UK.

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