The rise of job insecurity in modern Britain
Ten years ago the TUC established a Commission on Vulnerable Employment (CoVE), to examine the increase in the proportion of workers at risk of poverty and injustice due to an imbalance of power in the employer-worker relationship.
It is now nearly a decade since CoVE reported. In that time we have seen a significant increase in the number of people in work, with 2.6 million more people now in the labour market. But while this increase in employment is welcome, it has been accompanied by two major changes in the experience of work:
This report focuses on the second of these two trends, mapping the insecure workforce and the issues they face. It is the first of a new series of TUC work focusing on insecure employment.
This is the first in a series of TUC reports looking at the new insecure workforce. This report concentrates on describing the new insecurity; future reports will set out in more detail how these issues should be addressed. However, the TUC believes that there are five areas where government should act to ensure that everyone has decent rights and protection at work:
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