Labour party plan to outlaw zero hours’ contracts

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell has announced that a future Labour Government would outlaw zero-hours contracts, repeal the Trade Union Act and set up a department for employment to enforce new policies.

At the Trades Union Congress conference, he suggested that the planned programme of workplace reform would “restore the balance between employer and worker”. It is known that the Labour party wish to strengthen the Trades Union movement and this plan is expected to support this aim.  Furthermore, the party announced a much tougher stance on employers who sub contract labour, effectively allowing bogus self-employment, as a means of avoiding employer responsibilities and the need to pay tax and NI.  Under the plans, workers in jobs with flexible hours and temporary contracts could be given similar rights to those in permanent work.

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