• Precarious contracts

    I agree that this is an important issue. As War on Want notes, there are too many people on contracts where they cannot be certain what work they will get in the future. Last year, the TUC found that over three million people – one in ten workers in the UK – work in insecure jobs, while polling for the GMB union has shown that – using a wider definition of insecure work – the number could be as high as ten million. I believe it is a national scandal that so many people could be left not knowing how much they will earn from week to week, unable to budget for basic necessities and unsure if they can pay the rent. I therefore agree that we should ensure all workers have the same rights at work, as well as guaranteed hours.

    I share your concerns about the Taylor review of modern employment practices and the Tory response to it. I believe that overall the report itself was a massive missed opportunity to tackle the growing problem of insecure employment. Yet the Government’s response failed to meet even its most basic recommendations – I note, for example, that Matthew Taylor has himself said that he would give the Government’s action on his report so far only four marks out of ten. Rather than introduce the radical new architecture of employment law we need to protect workers, the Government has launched four consultations on the areas covered by the Taylor review. I do not believe this is good enough.

    At the 2017 General Election, I stood on a manifesto that pledged to give all workers equal rights from day one, whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent, so that working conditions are not driven down. I can therefore assure you that I will continue to press the Government for real action to improve the lives of the millions of people in insecure work and an end to contracts that allow the exploitation of workers.