Too many people feel insecure and powerless at work. The Tory-led Government’s race to the bottom has seen record numbers of people working fewer hours than they would like, and an increasing reliance on zero-hours contracts.
Exploitative zero-hours contacts are leaving thousands of people worried about whether they will have enough work or be able to put food on the table from one week to the next. This sort of job insecurity, which the Tories have done nothing to tackle, is putting an unnecessary strain on family life. It’s not the way Britain should be competing in the 21st Century.
Labour is committed to ensuring that everyone is properly protected in the workplace.
1) We will abolish exploitative zero-hours contracts, with rules introduced to give new rights to employees on zero-hours contracts. This will include the right for employees who have consistently worked regular hours to receive a fixed-hours contract automatically.
2) We will ban employers from requiring zero-hours workers to be available on the off-chance that they’ll be needed.
3) We will stop employees from being required to work exclusively for one firm if they are on a zero-hours contract.
4) We will also ensure that zero-hours workers who have their shifts cancelled at short notice will receive compensation from their employer.