TUC calls for ban on zero hours contracts

The TUC has called on the government to ban zero hours contracts.

Commenting on new figures published today 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, 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.”

GMB general secretary Tim Roache said: “These scandalous figures show Theresa May’s out-of-touch government is completely and utterly failing to tackle insecure work. The number of zero hours contracts should be falling but they are in fact on the rise. This should be a wake-up call to the government.

“How can you plan your life, pay the bills or feed your family when you are trapped on a zero hours contract? Insecure work burdens people and families with stress. If ministers really wants to tackle the mental health crisis they should be looking at the world of work and the consequences of their political inaction.

“Zero hours contracts harm workers and weaken our whole economy by taking away the incentive to invest in skills or development. We need a government that is committed to making work more secure and dignified by tackling zero hours contracts once and for all.”

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