Government plans announced today (Wednesday 25 June) to ban exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts will do nothing to end the insecurity of zero hours working warned Britain’s largest union, Unite.
Exclusivity clauses stop an individual from working for another employer, but only represented part of the problem argued Unite.
Commenting on the plans Steve Turner, Unite assistant general secretary said: “Zero hours contracts are a zero sum game for workers struggling to get by. The only winner is the employer and these measures do nothing to tackle the insecurity or uncertainty of zero hours contracts.
“Work harder get poorer seems to be the message from a government that has proved itself ignorant to the daily struggles of working people. Employers use zero-hours contracts to dodge tax and cut their wage bill, while avoiding holiday pay, pensions, and other benefits enjoyed by other employees and agency staff.
“Rather than giving the freedom to be exploited by a number of employers and not just one, the government should be taking action to create decent jobs and stop the growth of insecure working that is consigning millions to in-work poverty.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.