Tim Aker, left, Polly Billington, centre and Jackie Doyle-Price MP
Jackie Doyle Price, Conservative MP
THE only people who have ever raised zero-hours contracts with me are people who fear they may lose their jobs because of Labour’s campaign against them.
Let’s be clear, for many people these contracts work. For working mums who want the flexibility of arranging their work around the school day and school holidays, they are a great way of ensuring they can access work. A total of 693,000 people rely on these contracts, and for most, it suits them.
And for businesses which have variable demands on thier work, it enables them to take contracts that otherwise they wouldn’t be able to deliver.
Where zero-hours contracts are abused by employers, we will take action, but Labour should not pretend that all the new jobs created are zero-hours. They are not. Far from it. We have more people in work than ever before and that is a real achievement.
Tim Aker, UKIP candidate
BRITISH workers have been badly let down by the Labour Party that no longer represents them.
Mass open-door immigration has led to a situation where bosses have an unlimited supply of unskilled foreign labour.
This has meant falling wages for British workers, less job security with an increase in zero-hours contracts, fewer hours and in many cases the minimum wage becoming the maximum wage.
This goes right to the top – 36 Labour MPs employed staff on zero-hours contracts in 2014.
Ukip wants strong border controls and to put the British people first so they can have secure, well-paid jobs before we open the door to the rest of the world.
Polly Billington, Labour candidate
LABOUR will ban exploitative zero-hours contracts. If you work regular hours, then you should have a regular contract.
Labour will change the law so this is the case. It’s basic job security people should have.
Zero hours might be OK for a college student doing the odd bar shift, but I’ve spoken to too many people who struggle to make ends meet on zero hours. Not only is it hard to plan the household budget week to week, but impossible to start saving for bigger things like a home.
There are now 1.4 million people on zeros-hours contracts in Britain. People can’t get enough hours to make ends meet.
Some people work in Tilbury docks and take home only £350 a month because they depend on agency work.
Families cannot live on zero-hours contracts. If I was Thurrock’sMP, I’d take on exploitative employers.