Labour calls on Commission to act on zero-hour contracts

Plenary3Labour’s Leader in Europe has called on the European Commission to do more to defend workers’ rights and clamp down on predatory employers.

Speaking to the European Parliament in response to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso’s “State of the Union” address today, Glenis Willmott said:

“The financial markets may be recovering and the experts may be more optimistic about the EU economy, but, if you step outside of the bubble Mr President, you will see the true consequences of austerity.

“Living, social and working standards are dropping, ordinary people are feeling the pain and more and more predatory employers are exploiting the situation through the use of things like zero-hour contracts.”

Glenis Willmott added:

“Labour MEPs will be working with our allies for EU legislation to stop zero-hour and other exploitative contracts.”

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