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To: Theresa May

Ban zero-hours contracts

We need an outright ban on zero-hours contracts.

Too many workers are being denied job security and can miss out on sick pay. Insecure work is out of control.

Why is this important?

Every worker should have the right to a contract that guarantees the hours they work and the conditions they need for a decent working life.

Too often zero-hours contracts are being used to exploit workers. Hours are never guaranteed, making financial planning impossible and anxiety inevitable.

Workers' on zero-hours contracts are denied sick and holiday pay. If something goes wrong, there is no safety net.

And there needs to be action to reduce other forms of insecure work that makes workers' lives a misery.

And zero-hours contracts are only one part of the problem of insecure work in the UK. From bogus self-employment to underpaying agency workers, TUC research shows that 1 in 9 workers – at least 3.8 million – are now trapped in some form of insecure work.

If ministers are serious about building a country that works for everyone, they must act now to ensure every worker gets fair pay, decent rights and a voice at work.

Reasons for signing

  • Everyone needs the security of a regular job and a dependable income.
  • My forced its employees to sign a contract reducing our annual working weeks from 52 to 50 and sometimes as few as 48 and as a result one of my coworkers has been forced into appealing for Jobseeker's Allowance, because he's out around £500 a year. I hope once we ban zero hour contracts we can find a way to ban amendments to our contracts which reduce our working weeks against our will and protect everybody's rights. If we stand together we've more of a chance at succeeding. Thanks! -Naomi
  • I signed because as a carer, I lost over a third of my salary for two months when a client died. It took two months to fill the hours with new clients.


2019-02-13 08:45:01 +0000

10,000 signatures reached