Zero hours contracts and poverty pay – welcome to life under the Tories

Tim Lezard Europe, UK,

Oliver TwistResponding to today’s comments by Business Secretary Sajid Javid that the government will introduce tougher new rules on strike ballots, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“This is a government not so much on the side of hard-working people but Britain’s worst bosses – those who want their staff to be on zero-hours contracts, poverty pay and unable to effectively organise in a union so that they can do something about it.

“The government’s proposals on union ballots will make legal strikes close to impossible. Union negotiators will be left with no more power than Oliver Twist when he asked for more. After five years of falling living standards the prospects for decent pay rises have just got a whole lot worse.”


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Tim Lezard

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