BSC urges review on impact of ‘zero hours’ contracts
19 December 2018
RESPONDING TO the government’s announcement of the new legislation to upgrade workers’ rights made on 17 December 2018, and resulting news stories, the British Safety Council urges the government to offer more protection to workers engaged on ‘zero hours’ contracts.
Policy and technical services director David Parr said, “The British Safety Council welcomes the government’s intention to confirm basic employee protection rights for so-called ‘gig’ and agency workers. However, we consider that much more needs to be done to offer protection around the principle of ‘zero hours’ contracts and, once again, urge the government to review the potential and actual impact of such working conditions on the health, safety and wellbeing of workers involved.
“The British Safety Council’s recent report on workplace wellbeing, Not just free fruit: wellbeing at work, clearly demonstrates that workers’ wellbeing is inextricably linked to job quality and role satisfaction.”