Demand a new deal for workers
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. org.uk/new-deal-working-peopletuc-march-and-rally.
Frances O’Grady TUC General Secretary