Urgent Action required on zero-hour contracts

Neena Gill joined Labour MEPs today in reiterating calls for urgent action to tackle zero-hours contracts, following the latest figures showing a rise in their usage in the UK.

Eight hundred and one thousand people were employed on a zero-hours contract between October-December 2015, up from 697,000 for the same period in 2014 - a 15 per cent rise.

And there were 1.7 million contracts without minimum hours in November 2015, a 200,000 increase since the start of the year.

Neena Gill MEP said 

"The Labour party has long been calling for action on zero-hours contracts, MEPs have been leading the European Parliament's calls for action and MPs have been working hard in the UK Parliament"

 "The European Commission needs to act now to tackle the problems of insecure employment, youth unemployment and poor wages, and urgently come up with policies. 

 "Far too many employers are using exploitative zero-hour contracts without a thought of the negative consequences they have on people's lives.

It is quite simple to me - if you work regular hours, you should have a regular contract - everyone deserves to be in quality employment and employers have a responsibility to ensure their employees are protected in the workplace.

 "All workers deserve adequate wages, social security protection and decent workplace conditions. Labour MEPs will continue to fight for quality jobs with job security in the UK and across the EU."

"The EU has a strong track record in protector workers rights, in one of the main reasons the Labour party is voting to stay in the EU, we most continue to stand up for hard-working individuals across the UK"