It doesn’t need to be like this – and Labour will change things
Labour will ban zero hours contracts and fix minimum hours. Labour will strengthen the law so that anyone working regular hours for more than 12 weeks will have a right to a contract reflecting those hours. People who have worked irregular hours for 12 weeks will also be protected by being able to transition to a regular hours contract if they wish. Regardless of what happens with Brexit Labour will not allow UK law to fall below the standards of the EU Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Time of June 2019.
Labour will require cancelled shifts to be paid and proper notice given for changes in hours. This will mean that all workers get proper notice of their working hours so they can plan their life. Employers’ flexibility doesn’t have to leave people worse off; if people are asked to work extra hours, they will be paid at a higher rate. This will encourage employers to be realistic in setting working hours. This still allows flexibility for employers where needed, but not at the expense of their workforce having unpredictable hours and earnings.
Labour will give everyone full and equal rights from day one at work, whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent. We will end the qualifying time for basic rights, such as unfair dismissal, sick pay and parental leave to end the arbitrary unfairness in of the system.
Labour will end bogus self-employment by creating a new, single “worker” status. This will cover everyone except for the genuinely self-employed in business on their own account. This will simplify and clarify the law, making it easier for employers and people to understand, reducing costly litigation. Labour will prevent the status of worker being evaded by artificial payroll companies or agency working and ban overseas-only recruitment practices.
Ensure justice for migrant domestic workers, by ensuring they are workers with full rights, able to change employer, so ending this form of modern slavery. We will restore the overseas domestic workers’ visa.
Read Labour's full Manifesto for Workers Rights