Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin calls on zero-hours workers to have their say

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called for local people on zero-hours contracts to have their say in a new official consultation.

The Government recently launched the consultation to find out how employers are abusing zero-hours contracts and what penalties they should face. It is estimated that up to a million workers are now affected.

Austin has been campaigning for employers to be completely banned from abusing zero-hours contracts after hearing from local people who were on zero-hours contracts despite working regular hours and being banned from taking up other work.

The local MP is now calling on local people to have their say and push the Government to take action by visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/zero-hours-employment-contracts.

Ian Austin said:

"People in Dudley on zero-hours contracts have told me it's impossible for them to budget from one week to the next, and some find their job security is non-existent.

"These 'no promises' contracts are another sign that working people aren't feeling a recovery and businesses still don't have the confidence to take people on permanently.

"I want to see these exploitative contracts banned. The Government is taking too long to tackle the issue, so I want local people to have their say and pressure them to take action."

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