Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Labour candidate slams "scandal" of zero hour contracts

LABOUR candidate for Basildon Mike Le-Surf has slammed the government over news from the Office of National Statistics that the total number of people employed on zero-hours contracts has risen to 1.8million.

The Tory-led government has previously boasted of an additional 2 million jobs created since May 2010 with the Labour Party arguing that the overwhelming majority of these jobs were low pay and insecure contracts – something the government had refuted. Until now.

Mike Le-Surf said: “This is unequivocal proof that the Tory government’s attempts to kid the pubic into thinking they had presided over the creation of 2 million jobs is a total whitewash."

“We know that in South Basildon and East Thurrock, people have taken insecure zero-hours contracts that means they are off the welfare state but still unable to work enough hours to provide for themselves and their families. Many of these people have been forced to use the town’s foodbanks, just to survive week-by-week."

“The ONS also tell us that in the majority of cases, a person employed on a zero-hours contract is also only employed for less than 12 months. This is not giving people a career or a chance to build a sustainable income for their families. It is exacerbating the cost of living crisis that has gripped the constituency.

“We will end this abuse when I am the Member of Parliament for South Basildon and East Thurrock. So if people want decent jobs with decent wages and job security, only Labour will guarantee that”.


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