Thursday, 13 February 2014


Recent figures show that the number of people feeling insecure at work has almost doubled from 6.5 million to 12 million since David Cameron became Prime Minister.

This is a shocking legacy of his time in power. That is why I voted for his government to take action to stop this rising insecurity in a special parliamentary debate on Wednesday.

There has been a rise in the number of employees on zero-hours contracts since 2010, with some figures estimating there could be as many as 1 million people now employed on them. The number of people working part time, but who want to work full time has risen by more than 350,000 to over 1.4 million over the same period. Many of these people are paid the National Minimum Wage which has declined in value by almost 5 per cent under David Cameron.

We’ve got to put a stop to this. That’s why Labour announced plans to ban zero-hours contracts where they exploit people, to end the scandal of false self-employment, strengthen the National Minimum Wage and incentivise employers to pay a Living Wage through ‘make work pay’ contracts.

Labour will always stand up for hard-working people, and the next Labour government will tackle rising insecurity at work by ensuring that Haslingden and Hyndburn is properly equipped to earn its way out of the cost of living crisis.