Ed Miliband will tomorrow (Wednesday) set out Labour’s plan to ban exploitative zero hours contracts.
The next Labour government will introduce early legislation to ban zero hour contracts for employees who are in practice working regular hours.
In South East there are 97,000 people whose primary employment is on a zero-hours contract, a rise of 14.1% and 12,000 on the previous year.
This new legal right to a regular contract will apply to workers after just 12 weeks.
Nancy Platts, Labour’s candidate for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven said:
“The growing number of people relying on zero-hours contracts shows the recovery is not working for working people. These contracts often don’t pay a wage which people can live on and make it impossible for families to plan week to week.
“This Tory government has made life more insecure at work for people here in the South East. We have a better plan. A Labour Government will make sure workers cannot have shifts cancelled at short notice, we’ll stop employers demanding that employees are available on the off chance they are needed for work, and ensure that those who work regular hours have the right to a fixed-term contract.”
Speaking at a People’s Question Time event in Yorkshire, Mr Miliband will highlight how David Cameron had boasted last week that zero hour contracts were increasing because more people were choosing them - even though the Prime Minister admitted he couldn’t live on one himself.
He will make a personal commitment that legislation to ban zero hours contracts will be in the next government’s first Queen’s Speech and prioritised in the parliamentary timetable.
And he will describe how too many firms are being dragged into a race to the bottom on wages and conditions that is stopping the economic recovery reaching working families - and failing Britain.
The ONS regional figures show a spike in insecurity at work as the number of people reporting that their main job is a zero-hours contract has risen.