De­mand a new deal for work­ers

Uxbridge Gazette - - Your Say -

RE the new fig­ures pub­lished on April 23 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).

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%) of ze­ro­hours work­ers have had shifts can­celled at less than 24 hours’ no­tice;

■ Nearly three-quar­ters (73%) have been of­fered work at less than 24 hours’ no­tice;

■ Only 25% say they pre­fer be­ing on zero-hours con­tracts;

■ Only 12% say they get sick pay; ■ Only 7% would get re­dun­dancy pay

■ Two-fifths (43%) say they don’t get hol­i­day pay.

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

For more de­tails, visit www.tuc.­ing-peo­ple­tuc-march-and-rally.

Frances O’Grady TUC Gen­eral Sec­re­tary

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