In recent days, numerous reports have emerged suggesting that, once published, politician Matthew Taylor’s long-awaited Review into UK employment practices will propose that Britons employed on zero-hours contracts should be entitled to a new right to request a move to fixed hours.
According to reports, the Taylor Review will recommend that zero-hours workers should be able to request a move to fixed contracts in the same way that fixed-hours workers are currently entitled to request flexible working.
Numerous business and other bodies, including the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Resolution Foundation, have backed the idea, which would see employers expected to take such requests ‘seriously’ – and also require them to provide workers with ‘genuine reasons’ for turning any fixed hours requests down.
The rumours come amidst growing concerns surrounding the exploitation of UK workers in relation to zero-hours contracts, and ambitious pledges highlighted in the opposing Labour Party’s 2017 manifesto to effectively ban zero-hours contracts altogether if the Party wins the upcoming General Election.
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