GWYNNE BLOG: The misuse of Zero Hours Contracts must end

George-OsborneI’ve spoken to many people in our local area who are employed on zero-hours contracts and they’ve told me of the struggle they and their families face on a daily basis.

Some have had to sacrifice time with their kids in order to be available whenever their employer requires them to be, even if there is no work. Others are required to work exclusively for one employer with no guarantee that they will get enough hours to pay the bills.  I’ve also met people employed on zero-hours contracts even though in practice they work regular hours.

Zero-hours contracts mean insecurity and stress for too many families in Tameside and Stockport. This can’t continue, which is why Labour has set out plans to outlaw the exploitive use of zero-hours contracts.

A Labour Government would ban employers from insisting zero-hours workers be available even when there is no guarantee of any work, stop zero-hours contracts that require workers to work exclusively for one business and end the misuse of zero-hours contracts where employees are in practice working regular hours over a sustained period.

r-ZERO-CLOCK-large570[1]Both employers and employees need flexibility and zero-hours contracts can be useful for certain professionals such as doctors or supply teachers. But flexibility shouldn’t be an excuse for the exploitation of hard-working people.

I’m in favour of flexibility but I’m not in favour of people here lacking job security and having to be flexible about whether they can afford the weekly shop. We’ve got to put a stop to that and that is what Labour is determined to do with our three point plan to stop employers taking liberties.

David Cameron boasts that he’s fixed Britain’s economy but what he fails to realise is that his economic recovery is only benefitting a few at the top and not the vast majority of hard-working people, too many of which are employed on unstable zero-hours contracts.

We need to build an economy that works for working people because a recovery that only benefits a few at the top is not only unfair but also unstable.  It won’t be built to last.

Hard-working people should feel confident and secure at work; ending the exploitive use of zero-hours contracts is an integral part of achieving this.

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One thought on “GWYNNE BLOG: The misuse of Zero Hours Contracts must end

  1. My comment does not have anything to do with zero hours but have just watched Lib Dem on tv and I get really seething when I here once again “It’s all because of the Labour Party we are in this mess “. Has everyone forgot what a mess there was when Labour took over? Hospitals closed and the ones left oven wards closed and all equipment sold off, factories closed down, mines closed, London & City Guilds exams for apprentices stopped. College places stopped. And then all this had to be rectified by Labour. But not once since 2010 have I heard a LABOUR M.P get up in Parliament and defend the Labour position. Maybe you can be the first at the forthcoming conferance. Oh! and don’t forget Beeching sold off the railways so we finished up with the chaos on the roads. At 87 I could go on and on. I was probably one of the last examiners for the London & City Guilds for HND in Bakery. See you 13th Oct. Christ Church, Denton

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