Government's workers’ rights tsar is 'wrong' on rogue employers and exploitation
Prof Sir David Metcalf, founder of the Low Pay Commission, is the first director of Labour Market Enforcement, a coalition of agencies tasked with protecting employees’ rights. War on Want’s labour rights campaigner Owen Espley, said:
"David Metcalf is wrong to suggest exploitation is limited to rogue employers in the UK: with as many as 4.5 million workers in insecure work, workers increasingly live under constant fear of losing future work, meaning abuse by bosses goes unchallenged. It's time for a fairer balance of power at work, by ending precarious contracts and making it easier for all workers to benefit from the protection of a trade union."
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Analysis by Citizens Advice found 4.5 million workers on insecure contracts: over 2.3 million people are working variable shift patterns, with an additional 1.1 million on temporary contracts and a further 800,000 are on either zero hour or agency contracts. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/how-citizens-advice-works/media/press-releases/45-million-people-in-insecure-work-reveals-citizens-advice/