Zero-hours contracts

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4011
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Can you outline what action will you take to work towards eradicating the use of zero-hours contracts in London?

Answer

Answer for Zero-hours contracts

Answer for Zero-hours contracts

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have made a commitment that I will never use zero-hours contracts to exploit workers, which I shall not waver on as long as I am the Mayor of London.

While I, as Mayor, have no direct jurisdiction over the use of zero-hours contracts elsewhere, I will ask my new Economic Fairness team to gather evidence on their use, and campaign to end and prevent the exploitation of workers through zero-hours contracts.  In the past, we've seen that such pressure can work; the government was forced to respond to the exploitative practice of exclusivity-clauses within such contracts, by banning their use.