Insecurity At Work
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10 Feb 2014
Recent figures show that the number of people feeling insecure at work has almost doubled from 6.5 million to 12 million since 2010.
This is a shocking legacy of this Government's time in power. That is why I voted for them to take action to stop this rising insecurity in a special parliamentary debate last week.
There has been a rise in the number of employees on zero-hours contracts since 2010, with some figures estimating there could be as many as 1 million people now employed on them. The number of people working part-time, but who want to work full-time has risen by more than 350,000 to over 1.4 million over the same period. Many of these people are paid the National Minimum Wage, which has declined in value by almost 5 per cent during this time.
We have got to put a stop to this. I would like to see plans to ban zero-hours contracts where they exploit people, to end the scandal of false self-employment, strengthen the National Minimum Wage and incentivise employers to pay a living wage through ‘make work pay’ contracts.