Following the publication of research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing a significant increase in the number of workers exposed to exploitative zero hour contracts, the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) have attacked employers who fail to provide workers with employment security and deny them a decent living wage. Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said
“These figures issued today are extremely alarming and confirm that the Government’s half-hearted attempts to tackle this exploitation are failing.
“With 1.8 million UK workers now having contracts of employment that offer no fixed hours, the world of work is in chaos. Large corporations post large profits, directors and executives take large salaries and bonuses but their workers, exposed to zero hour contracts, suffer the loss of employment protection and benefits.
“This is not about flexibility, it quite simply about employers having control over the working and personal lives of their workers.
“Trade unions deliver for their members by giving workers a voice. We have safer and healthier workplaces where workers’ wages are better than unorganised workplaces. “Workers subject to exploitative zero hours contract deserve a voice. We challenge political parties to commit to restoring the mutuality of obligation in employment contracts and providing workers with that voice to challenge the growing inequality in our workplaces. “This needs to be done by restoring collective and sectoral bargaining to our workplaces, providing the machinery to tackle the growing use of zero hour contracts and challenge growing inequality in our so called modern workplaces.
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