Labour's Nancy Platts has launched an online survey to find out how zero hours contracts are affecting the lives of people living in Brighton and Kemptown.
Nancy started the survey to find out people's views about job security and the economy. You can take part in the survey by clicking here
With families facing the biggest living standards crisis in a generation, Labour called a special debate in Parliament demanding action to stop rising insecurity at work under David Cameron, including the exploitative use of zero-hours contracts.
As many as 1 million workers are reported to be employed on such contracts and they are now used in one in five workplaces. Last month Labour leader Ed Miliband announced plans to ban exploitative zero-hours contracts by:
- Banning employers from insisting that those on zero-hours contracts are available even when there is no guarantee of any work
- Stopping zero-hours contracts that require workers to work exclusively for one firm
- Ending the misuse of zero hours contracts where employees are in practice working regular hours over a sustained period.
- Putting in place a code of practice on the use of zero-hours contracts.
Nancy Platts said: "Personally, I would like to see zero hour contracts banned completely. Under David Cameron we have seen rising insecurity at work, compounding the living standards crisis that working people in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven are facing.
"We can’t have a situation where families and young people don’t know what their working hours are from one week to the next and don’t know whether they can afford their rent or the weekly shop.
"I hope that people will take the opportunity to let me know how these contracts are affecting them."