Scott slams coalition record on ‘Zero Hours’

Labours PPC for North Northumberland Scott Dickinson today pledged to tackle ‘zero hours’ contracts in Northumberland County Council as figures released by the Office of National Statistics show government estimates of people working on ‘Non-Guaranteed Hours Contracts’ are double coalition estimates at 1.4m.
As Business Chair, Scott has pledged to set up a review of the use of flexible working to run in tandem with the council’s plans to make Northumberland County Council ‘a living wage employer’ with the aim of tackling low pay in the workplace.
Labour are pointing to the new figures as the ‘hidden reality of the Tory economic plan’ with over 800,000 of new jobs created falling into the category of ‘non-guaranteed hours contracts’ and they’re pointing to latest polling figures by YouGov which show 80% surveyed don’t think their standard of living will get better under the Tories.
Scott said
‘These figures lay bare the reality of Tory economic plans, low wages, low expectations and lowest common denominator. Families are feeling the squeeze on living standards and the increased use of ‘zero hours’ contracts is increasing uncertainty and low pay in the economy. At Northumberland County Council, we want to make sure people get a ‘fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work’ and we want to encourage other employers to follow suit. Low pay means inbuilt unfairness and it means a poor deal for the Northumberland economy. We need fairness with flexibility and people need to be able to plan their budgets which is almost impossible on ‘zero hours’.

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