For immediate release: Thursday 11 June 2017
Commenting on today’s (Thursday) ONS figures on zero-hours contracts, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“Today’s figures show that without government action, zero-hours contracts will remain a reality for many people.
“While it’s good that some companies are moving away from using them, there are a staggering 1.7 million zero-hours contracts still in use.
“Let’s not pretend that life at the sharp end of the labour market is getting easier. There is growing evidence of firms employing staff on short-hours contracts to avoid the bad PR associated with zero-hours jobs.
“These contracts guarantee as little as one hour a week, and like zero-hours contracts place workers at the beck and call of their bosses.
“Every party manifesto must have real commitments to crack down on zero-hours contracts and other forms of insecure work.”
The TUC is calling for:
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