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Workers' Rights TUC survey reveals reality of life in zero-hours Britain

A CATALOGUE of appalling treatment of workers on zero-hours contracts has been exposed by a TUC survey.

The results, published today, reveal that that many zero-hours employees have few basic rights at work — and only accept the contracts because no other jobs are available.

According to the survey, just one in eight say they have a right to sick pay and one in 14 are eligible for redundancy pay.

More than two-fifths say they receive no holiday pay and almost half say they do not have written terms and conditions, the poll also revealed.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Most people on zero-hours contracts are not on them by choice.

"They’d much rather have the security of guaranteed hours and the same rights as employees. The so-called ‘flexibility’ these contracts offer is one-sided.

“Now’s the time for the government to ban zero-hours contracts, as they have done in other countries like New Zealand.”

Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams MP pointed out that there are 7.4 million people in working households who are living in poverty.

“This government has overseen a rapid rise in insecure, poorly paid work, which is driving shocking levels of in-work poverty," she said.

“The vast majority of children in poverty have a working parent.

“It is therefore no surprise that two-thirds of workers on zero-hours contracts are seeking better protections at work.

“Labour will ban zero-hours contracts and introduce a £10 an hour minimum wage,” Ms Abrahams pledged.


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