TUC calls on government to end “insecure work free-for-all”

5 Feb 2018 12:10 PM

The TUC is today (Monday) calling on the government to act on insecure work, as part of its response to the Taylor Review on Modern Employment Practices, which is expected this week.

The TUC estimates that at least 1.8 million insecure workers are at risk of missing out on key rights, including redundancy pay, protection against unfair dismissal, and the right to return to your job after having a baby.

And many more are missing out on rights because their bosses have wrongly classified them as self-employed.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The insecure work free-for-all has to end.

“Agency workers are being treated like second-class citizens, getting less pay for the same work. And zero-hours contracts leave many workers unable to plan childcare or budget for their weekly shop.

“This will be a real test of Theresa May’s government. Does she even have a domestic agenda anymore? Or has her government been totally hijacked by Brexit in-fighting.”

The TUC is calling on the government to:

Editors note

People in insecure work at risk of missing out on key rights

Agency workers


Zero hours contracts


Casual, season or other reason




Source: Quarterly Labour Force Survey, April – June 2017.

  1. The number of people engaged in temporary work that is seasonal, casual, or through an agency (that is, we have not included temporary workers on fixed term contracts). The TUC also included a group of permanent agency workers identified in 2016: http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/app/uploads/2016/12/Secret-Agents.pdf
  2. The number of people on zero-hours contracts, excluding those who are self-employed, and those who would be included in the category above.