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UK General Election 2015

General Election 2015

A Labour government will end zero-hours contracts says Miliband

On the same day that 100 major business leaders put their name to a public letter supporting the Conservatives plans for the economy, Labour has hit back at what it will see as an issue close to working people. The ‘zero-hours’ contract.

Describing zero-hours contracts as a symbol of an economy that doesn’t work, Ed Miliband claimed that the contracts were an”epidemic” which were “undermining family life.”

Labour, he added during his speech at David Brown Gears in Huddersfield, would pass a law giving employees the right to a regular contract after 12 weeks of working regular hours.

As well as claiming it was bad for business, Mr Miliband argued that if people did not know from one day to the next how many hours they would be doing then how could those same people provide any security for themselves or their family.

David Cameron, infamously stated during his grilling by Jeremy Paxman that he thought zero-hours suited some people, like students, but he could not live on one himself.

The Labour leader echoed this last sentiment adding that his principle was “if it’s not good enough for us, it’s not good enough for you. It’s not good enough for Britain.”