Alex Sobel, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Leeds North West has called for an end to the exploitation of hard-working people employed on zero-hour contracts.

Alex Sobel on the doorstep in Leeds NW
Alex Sobel on the doorstep in Leeds NW

Zero-hours contracts can lead to insecurity and stress for many families in places like Leeds North West, which is why Alex has backed Labour’s plans to outlaw their exploitive use.

Labour in power would take action to stop the abuse of workers who are employed on zero-hour contracts – banning those which require workers to work exclusively for one business, or which place them on call all day without any guarantee of work.

Alex Sobel said: “I’ve spoken to many people in Leeds North West who are employed on zero-hours contracts and they’ve told me of the struggle they and their families face on a daily basis.

“A Labour Government would ban employers from insisting zero-hours workers be available even when there is no guarantee of any work, stop zero-hours contracts that require workers to work exclusively for one business and end the misuse of zero-hours contracts where employees are in practice working regular hours over a sustained period.

“I recognise that employers and employees need some flexibility but I’m not in favour of people in Leeds North West lacking job security and having to be flexible about whether or not they can afford the weekly shop. We’ve got to put a stop to it and that is what Labour is determined to do.”

Local Leeds Businessman Norman Pickavance has been chosen by Ed Miliband to chair an independent consultation into zero hours contracts.
Mr Pickavance will be holding talks with business groups about the Labour leader’s plans for ending the “exploitative” use of the contracts.
Labour Candidate Alex Sobel has already had talks with Norman and has been invited to contribute to the consultation. He wants to hear from anybody on a zero hours contract.
You can contact Alex by email –


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