'It's not rocket science': government czar misses the point on zero-hours

9 May 2017 - 1:45pm
Press release

Responding to today’s comments by Matthew Taylor, who is leading a government review into the world of precarious and insecure work, War on Want’s senior labour rights campaigner, Owen Espley, said:

"It's not rocket science to see that secure, well paid work is a good thing for both workers and the economy. But Taylor misses the point: this is not about how much bosses know or don't know when it comes to appreciating their workforce, it's about whether workers are able to claim their rights and feel secure enough to push back against poor pay, bad practices and drive up productivity.  

"Precarious contracts, such as zero hours or bogus self-employment, mean workers can feel unable to challenge bad practices for fear of losing future work. The litmus test of Mr Taylor’s recommendations will be whether they re-balance power in the workplace. If they leave workers dependent on the discretion of bosses for their basic needs to be met, bosses will continue to squeeze workers for every drop of profit."

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