Labour party pledges to outlaw all zero-hours contracts : The Guardian

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says Labour will put an end to the ‘rigged economy’ after election win.

Labour has pledged to ban all zero-hours contracts, put a halt to unpaid internships and end the pay cap on public sector staff in an unashamedly leftwing pitch to British workers.

In a move welcomed by union leaders but that will be attacked as “anti-business” and unaffordable by opponents, the 20-point blueprint also includes commitments to double paid paternity leave to four weeks, increase paternity pay and guarantee temporary and part-time workers the same rights as full-time employees.

The shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the policies would form “the cornerstone of the next Labour government’s programme to bring an end to the rigged economy that many experience in workplaces across Britain”. The package includes promises to increase the minimum wage to match the national living wage (expected to be at least £10 an hour by 2020) and to introduce a maximum 20:1 pay ratio between the highest and lowest earners in the public sector and in companies bidding for public sector contracts.

McDonnell said: “The scandal of six million people earning less than the living wage and four million children growing up in poverty are not inevitable. It only takes a change of government to bring these outrages to an end.”

An Opinium/Observer poll puts Labour a massive 17 points behind the Tories, on 30%, but its support has increased by four points compared with a week ago. Backing for the Tories has risen by two points to 47%, with the Lib Dems down three points to 8% and Ukip down two points to 7%.


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