Dudley MP Ian Austin is backing a new law in Parliament to force employers to guarantee workers on zero-hours contracts the option of minimum hours.
Austin has been campaigning for tougher rules after meeting local young people who have been sent home with no pay after a few minutes work because the bar or shop they were employed by was quieter than had been expected.
The law is along similar lines to the ‘Living Hours’ proposal that has been published by the Living Wage Foundation.
It would give people on zero hours contract the legal right to guaranteed minimum hours – if they want them – so that nobody feels trapped by their working arrangements.
It follows from evidence published by Feed Britain, a charity set up by MPs and Peers to counter hunger in the UK, which revealed a troubling link between zero-hour contracts and the need for foodbanks.
Ian Austin said:
“I've heard from lots of people in Dudley who are on these contracts and don't know how many hours they'll be working.
“I’ve met young people who have been sent home after 15 minutes because the pub, café or shop was quieter than the manager had expected.
“I think this is outrageous – how can people plan for the future or rent a flat when they can’t budget from one week to the next?
“That’s why I’m calling for those on zero hour contracts to have the right to a more secure contract.”