Too many employers have replaced permanent jobs on a decent wage with insecure alternatives – like zero hours or short-hours contracts, working as a temp or through an agency. Some even protest that their workers are self-employed. It’s the same bad bosses hiding old-fashioned exploitation behind the pretence of flexibility, or a modern-looking app or platform.
It’s time to end insecure work at the bottom of the labour market. Instead, we want great jobs for everyone. That means banning zero hours contracts, cracking down on bosses who break the law, stopping bogus self-employment and protecting agency workers and temps properly. It means bringing in new laws to tackle new forms of exploitation.
Great jobs for everyone also means everyone having a chance to progress and get on in life. That’s why we argue for more high quality apprenticeships that prepare young people for the skilled jobs of the future. It means supporting people throughout their working lives. We need new rights that allow working dads and mums to plan family life, not just drop everything when a shift changes with no notice. And everyone deserves fair pensions so people are secure in retirement.
Great jobs for everyone also means genuine equality at work for women, Black and minority ethnic workers, LGBT workers and disabled workers.
And great jobs for everyone means giving Britain the pay rise we need. Average wages have still not yet caught up the real terms value they had at the start of the financial crash, 10 years ago.
In 2017 and 2018, we’ll pushing for our Great Jobs Agenda, taking our demands for a better way to work into workplaces, local councils and parliament too.
I work in a top London hotel. The problems we face in our industry are zero hours contracts and forced overtime. We have lots of young workers, who can often be the most easily exploited and are seen as disposable by employers.