Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin calls for a crackdown on zero-hours exploitation

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called for action to tackle exploitative zero-hours contracts.

Recent figures estimate that the number of people on these contracts has increased dramatically and now stands at one million.

Austin is concerned that some workers on zero-hours have no guarantee that they will get the hours they need to pay the bills despite being asked to work for their employer exclusively and be available to work at all times.

Austin is calling for employers to be banned from requiring zero-hours workers to be available even where no work is available and work for them exclusively.

He also wants to see new rules introduced to ensure that zero hours contracts are not used for people who are in practice working regular hours.

Ian Austin MP said:

“I’ve spoken to many people in Dudley who are employed on zero-hours contracts. It’s impossible for some of them and their families to budget from one week to the next. Some find their job security is non-existent.

“This is another sign of the state that the economy is in, with businesses unable even to promise jobs with a set wage and set hours. Instead they put people on these ‘no promises’ contracts so that they can drop their wage bill at a moment’s notice if trading is hit hard.

“We need action to prevent them being abused and to bring wages up. I also want to see tax rewards for firms that pay their employees the living wage, and urgent action to get the economy moving again.”

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