Zero hour contracts

Statistics show that the UK has has suffered the second biggest fall in wages of any G20 country since the coalition took office in 2011.

Living standards in have now fallen for longer than at any time since 1870. Since 2010 the average worker is £1,500 a year worse off.

Whatever about outlawing ZHCs, I do feel their most negative effects can be ameliorated and proposals have been made, such as:

  • giving anyone working for a single employer for more than 12 weeks on a ZHC the automatic right to a contract based on the average time worked in the 12 weeks.
  • Banning employers from insisting zero-hours workers be available even when there is no guarantee of any work.
  • Ending ZHCs that require workers to work exclusively for one business.
  • Ending the misuse of contracts where employees are, in practice, working regular hours over a sustained period.

The basic principle behind all these proposals is that flexibility is not used as an excuse for exploitation.