By Pravin Jeyaraj
Zero Hours Justice would argue that the right time is now, as we emerge from a pandemic that has had a devastating effect on work and income of those on zero hours contracts.
For the past year or so, we have been contacted by many zero hours workers, who have ended up working predictable hours or employment patterns over many years, whilst being on a contract that does not guarantee these hours. They have seen their work disappear overnight, not been furloughed or been taken off furlough without the prospect of work and even made redundant without redundancy pay.
Indeed, according to the latest employment figures from the Office for National Statistics, a third of all zero hours workers are actually working full-time and the 62% who are working part-time end up working an average of almost 25 hours a week.
"Levelling up" should not just about spending more on infrastructure outside of London and the South-East. It should be about making sure that all workers have the security of work and income that will allow them to spend. If zero hours workers are working predictable hours and have come to expect that, they really should be on a permanent contract and have the rights that come with it.
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