LABOUR’S parliamentary candidate for Thurrock is calling for an end to the exploitation of hard-working people employed on zero-hour contracts.
Zero-hours contracts can lead to insecurity and stress for many families in Thurrock which is why Polly Billington has welcomed Labour’s plans to outlaw their exploitive use.
“I meet people who have struggled with the realities of zero hours contracts every week, like the dad in Stifford Clays who lost his business in the crash and hasn’t had a full time permanent job since. Not knowing what money will be coming in every week puts an enormous strain on the family finances.
“Labour would take action to stop the abuse of workers who are employed on zero-hour contracts– banning those which require workers to work exclusively for one business, or which place them on call all day without any guarantee of work.”
“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.
“I recognise that employers and employees need some flexibility but I’m not in favour of people in Thurrock lacking job security and having to be flexible about whether or not they can afford the weekly shop. We’ve got to put a stop to it and that is what Labour is determined to do.
“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.
“Tell us your experience of zero hours contracts by filling on our survey. And please join my campaign to reduce zero hours contracts in Thurrock by getting in touch:firstname.lastname@example.org”
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7WX2WZN (survey link)