From the TUC

#DecentJobsWeek: 12 changes that will make a difference

16 Dec 2014, by in Labour market

Decent Jobs Week

In time for the 12 days of Christmas…

Decent hours

  1. On the first day in a new job, all workers should be given a written statement setting out their terms and conditions, including their expected hours of work.
  1. Employers must give workers adequate notice of when they will be required to work and before a shift is cancelled. Where a shift is cancelled at short notice employers must pay the workers for their scheduled shift and for their travel costs.
  1. Where individuals work regular hours, their employer must give them a written contract which guarantees their normal working hours an ongoing basis.

Decent Pay

  1. Individuals working on zero-hours and other casual contracts who work irregular hours should be paid an allowance in addition to the normal pay to reward them for the flexibility they provide employers.
  1. Workers should be paid at least the national minimum wage whenever they are ‘on-call’ and expected to be available for work at short notice.
  1. The national minimum wage should be increased to significantly more than £7.00 per hour next year, and its real value should continue to rise strongly in the following years. The living wage should be rolled out through the public sector and their contractors and the public sector pay cap must come to an end.

Equal pay for agency workers

  1. All agency workers should have the right to the same pay as permanent employees doing the same or similar work. The current loophole which means agency workers on permanent pay-between-assignment contracts lose out should be closed.

Ending the two-tier workforce

  1. The law on employment status must be modernised to ensure that all ‘workers’ not just ‘employees’ are entitled to:
  • protection from unfair dismissal,
  • statutory redundancy pay,
  • the right to request to work flexibly,
  • the right return to their job after maternity, paternity or adoption leave, and
  • trade union rights, including rights to paid time off for trade union duties and training.
  1. The law should state that all individuals are presumed to be employees, unless the employer can prove they are genuinely self-employed. Workers should not lose out on workplace rights just because they have a gap of more than one week in their work.

Better enforcement of employment rights for vulnerable workers

  1. Fees for employment tribunal should be abolished.
  2. All enforcement agencies should be adequately funded, with increased priority given to the enforcement of national minimum wage rights for those on zero-hours workers, agency workers and casual workers. The powers of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority should be restored and its remit extended to include high risk sectors.

Better access to union representation and collective bargaining for all

  1. Measures should be adopted which promote and extend collective bargaining

One Response to #DecentJobsWeek: 12 changes that will make a difference

  1. Willoughby Hart
    Dec 16th 2014, 5:16 pm

    The way workers are treated in many ways at the present time fills me with disgust, and if it was generally known no one would deal with these firms but we all go on buying the cheapest often because either we do not know or can not afford to do otherwise.
    On a personal note I am a Pensioner and no doubt a portion of my pension arises out of these practices.
    What can be done ?
    Adam Smith recognised that the capitalist system (the greatest generator of wealth the world has ever seen) would result in concentrations of wealth but these would be few in number and not important in the total picture. If only, the present system show a steadily increasing proportion of wealth going to a smaller proportion of the population and accruing to individuals who can not spend it it no longer “makes work for the working man to do” . So the system sows the seeds of its own destruction, our chancellor thinks that closing public avenues for work will force new businesses to arise but who will be their customers/.
    One approach may be to only allow the benefits of Incorporation to be obtained by those concerns which abide by rules of conduct towards employees. this is happening to an extent in F4N and other crucial activities were an uncooperative workforce could lead to danger to people in general.
    It may be that this is a temporary imbalance between jobs and labour.
    A recent German study showed that there at least an acute shortage would arise over the next few years and that by 2030 the shortage would arise which looked terminal in Germany and to a lesser degree elsewhere due to the great reduction in fertility.
    Another problem is the confusion between Wealth and Money,wealth is generated by what people do. Money is bits of paper or in these days digital notations which try to put a value on it. The value this system allocates is the ability to make more of its’ self wether this is to the benefit of the population in general is becoming more and more doubtfull.