Britain’s largest union, Unite urged the government to follow the lead of New Zealand’s Conservative administration and outlaw zero hours contracts as official figures out today (Friday 3 March) showed their use had hit a record high, close to one million.
Commenting on the sharp rise of 13 per cent to 910,000 in 2016, compared to same period in 2015, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “There are now close to one million people in the UK on zero hours contracts. That’s one million people with no job security, who are earning less than people in stable work and who, from week to week, do not know what they will have to live on.
“So, while some companies appear to be waking up to the reputational damage attached to this sort of employment, it remains the case that in order to make work pay in this country, insecure working must end.
“Let’s learn from New Zealand – put workers’ welfare first and outlaw these hire and fire contracts.”
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.