John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary
says: ‘Ed Miliband is right to identify zero-hours
contracts as an issue of real concern. The current extensive use of
these contracts in largely unorganised workplaces is a clear
indication of abuse.
‘So we are pleased that a future Labour
Government will act to provide rights for workers on zero-hours
contracts, which will end employers ability to demand exclusivity
and provide compensation for late cancellation of shifts.
‘We welcome the proposed help for zero-hours
contract workers to move to a fixed hour contract, but we are
seeking a much shorter waiting period, with zero-hours workers
having a right to contracts reflecting their normal hours after 12
‘The next Labour Government has a clear
commitment to take action to tackle the misuse and abuse of
zero-hours contracts and that is to be very much welcomed. We
will continue to campaign for more zero-hours workers to have
stronger rights earlier.
‘We now call on those employers who do use
zero-hours contracts extensively to put their house in order,
provide stability for employees and offer them proper contracts
with guaranteed hours.’
Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and
Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and the fastest
growing trade union with over 430,000 members. Membership has
increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a
third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail
sector, but the Union also has many members in transport,
distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
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