Zero-hours contracts

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4341
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

With reference to your answer to question (2013/3883), why are you unwilling to give your view on whether the use of zero-hours contracts is acceptable? An increasingly large number of Londoners are now subject to these contracts and given your responsibility for economic development in London (and pay is objectively a significant, if not central, aspect of economic development) I believe that Londoners have a right to know your view on this important issue. I request again that you answer my question: do you think the use of zero-hours contracts are acceptable?

Answer

Answer for Zero-hours contracts

Answer for Zero-hours contracts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I have made clear, I would prefer to concentrate on increasing the number of Londoners who are being paid the London Living Wage. However, I would much rather see people in employment, in a place of work, with all the added benefits that a job can provide, than being out of work and losing their confidence and self-esteem.