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Summit on zero hours contracts will help tackle exploitation of hardworking families & jobseekers – says Labour’s Nancy Platts.
A summit to discuss the impact of zero hours contracts will help to tackle any exploitation of hardworking families and jobseekers who have to sign up to them, says Labour’s Nancy Platts.
The Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven General Election candidate says the contracts leave people with no sense of security and make it difficult for them to plan ahead or budget their finances.
On Monday 5th August the Labour Party announced it would hold a summit on the issue with the workers signed up to them and the employers who use them.
It follows the news that over one million people are thought to be on zero hours contracts which mean they do not know how many hours, if any, they will work each week and they are not eligible for sick pay or annual leave.
Nancy said: “Personally I would like to see zero hour contracts banned. The announcement that more than a million people are on zero hour contracts is a national scandal that affects many people across Brighton and Peacehaven; people who want to work are being exploited.”
“We can’t have a situation where families and young people don’t know what their working hours are from one week to the next and are unable to plan budgets at a time when living costs are rising.
“How on earth does this Government expect people to be able to pay their rent and their bills if they don’t have security of income? Only a Labour Government will offer what people need – that means sustainable jobs, financial security and affordable childcare.”
People on the contracts are only paid for the time they work, so even if they have to wait on work premises or be at home waiting by the phone they may not be paid for this waiting time.
Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna MP, says the Labour Party is determined to stamp out abuse of zero hours contracts.
Chuka said: “Labour believes zero hours contracts should be the exception, not the rule. This sort of flexibility can be important for some employees. But the news today that one million people are on such contracts makes it clear that far too many workers and families are now caught in this zero hours trap.
“In too many sectors and companies, including in the public and voluntary sectors, this way of working is becoming the norm. In particular we are concerned if people working full time hours are offered no choice but to stay on zero hour contracts indefinitely. We need to start putting it right.”
The Labour Party will hold the summit later this month and when the House of Commons returns the party will call a debate and vote on the action that needs to be taken.
Nancy wants people in Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven to get in touch and tell her their views on the matter so she can pass the comments on.
People can get in touch with Nancy via her email email@example.com