Commenting on today’s (Monday 17 December) government announcement on workers’ rights, the leader of Unite, the biggest union in the UK, Len McCluskey said: “The government’s plans are reluctant baby steps at best, and hardly give confidence that post-Brexit UK will be a country of decent jobs. 

“This is a time of historic low wages and of chronic job insecurity. We need proper, substantial action to combat this but what is on offer today falls well short of what this country needs to deliver work that pays.

“People on zero hour contracts and workers in the insecure economy need much more than a weak right to request a contract and more predictable hours.  

“No matter how many times the government re-announces the same offer, unless and until this country takes a leaf out of New Zealand’s book by banning the use of zero hours altogether, working people will continue to be exploited and work will never be the route out of poverty.”

ENDS 

For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 07967 665869.

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Notes to editors       

• Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.