Labour's London Assembly economy spokeswoman will today call for changes to zero-hour contracts in London to guarantee workers 80 per cent of the hours they have worked over the previous three months.
Fiona Twycross said in a statement she recognised that zero-hours contracts are popular with students and parents who need flexibility, but added, “for so many others they remain the epitome of unfairness and overwhelming insecurity.”
Andrew Boff, leader of the Greater London Assembly conservative group and mayoral candidate told City A.M.:
“One of the reasons why the UK employment market is so buoyant is due to the lack or restrictions and regulations upon it. We need to get rid of the red tape in the employment market, not add more of it. That’s bad for employees, and the economy.”
An IoD spokesperson said:
“In sectors where demand moves with the seasons, such as hospitality and tourism, flexibility is vital. The time limit would see businesses guaranteeing hours to staff just as busy periods, such as summer holidays, were winding down.”
Twycross’ model is based on a new agreement between McDonald’s and trade unions in New Zealand.