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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

  • Insecure jobs, epitomised by zero hours contracts, are ALL exploitative and should be banned. They are proven to mean lower pay, mental stress, denial of loans and mortgages, total life instability. We should instead demand a legally guaranteed minimum 16-Hours contract for all workers who want it - to give a more stable income, qualify for Tax Credits and statutory sick pay, etc. That's what my union USDAW is campaigning for
  • 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

Updates

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

10,000 signatures reached