Zero hours – signed, sealed, delivered

Rather than outlaw exploitative zero-hour contracts the Government has done the exact opposite and entrenched them in law, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.

“National promised to get rid of zero hour contracts. It hasn’t. It has just made new rules for how to use them. They are confusing, muddled and will make no real difference to vulnerable workers.

“There are still no expectations on employers to actually provide work and there are no guarantees that so-called ‘compensation’ will be fair.   

“Michael Woodhouse might have been trying to look like he was doing something, but he’s been found out; he’s been doing nothing at all.

“People instinctively know these contracts are unfair. A worker who ostensibly has a full time role can have their hours changing massively from week to week, or can find themselves with no hours at all for the week.

“Today’s announcement is yet another broken promise from the Government. It is a disaster.

“Once again National has shown it is on the side of exploitative employers, not employers who use good practice and certainly not on the side of vulnerable workers,” Andrew Little says.