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To: Boris Johnson

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 3.7 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

  • I work on a zero hour contract, I practically have no hours as it is and have just had them cut further, I have kids to feed and a house to run..
  • How can you budget when you are working zero hours. Everyone should be given the right to job security. Sorry I missed you. Film by Ken Loach
  • They don't work for family people. It's not easy to get someone to work at a moment's notice.

Updates

2019-07-09 21:38:30 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

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

10,000 signatures reached