Ed Miliband was in West Yorkshire yesterday.
Here’s what he had to say to an audience member about Zero Hours’ Contracts
And here’s what he had to say about Zero Hours’ Contracts in general.
‘There is one big question for me above all: who does our country work for?
There is no greater symbol of an economy that doesn’t work for many people than zero hours contracts.
There will be lots of people here who know someone on a zero hours contract. We have an epidemic of zero hours contracts in our country.
- There has been a 20 per cent increase in the last year alone.
- Undermining hard work, undermining living standards, undermining family life.
- People not knowing how much work they are getting from one week to the next, or one day to the next, not knowing the wages they will earn.
We have to end the epidemic of zero hours contracts.
So today I can announce that in our first year of government after the election, Labour will pass a law that says:
- If you are working regular hours, you will get a regular contract.
- A legal right that will apply to all workers after 12 weeks.
To anyone on a zero hours contract today, to anyone whose sons and daughters are on a zero hours contracts, and to anyone trying to raise a family on a zero hours contract, I say:
They won’t end the exploitation of zero hours contracts. We will.
Because we know that security for working people is the bedrock of what makes Britain work.
You shouldn’t be left at the beck and call of an employer who can ask the world of you, but gives you no security in return.
It’s not fair. It’s not good for business.
And we’ll put a stop to it.
There is a big choice in this election.
The Conservatives believe by looking after a few big firms and individuals at the top, everyone else will be OK.Less than a week ago we heard the Prime Minister say that he couldn’t live on a zero-hours contract.
He’s right. I couldn’t either.
But if it’s not good enough for us, it’s not good enough for you.’
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