Friday, May 09, 2014

10 steps Ed Miliband will immediately take if we win the next election.

Labour's Cost-Of-Living Contract With You

We Will:
  1. Freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017 and reform the energy market

  2. Get 200,000 homes built a year by 2020

  3. Stop families that rent being ripped off and help them plan for the future with new long term predictable tenancies

  4. Cut income tax for hardworking people through a lower 10p starting tax rate, and introduce a 50p top rate of tax as we pay off the deficit in a fair way

  5. Ban exploitative zero-hour contracts

  6. Make work pay by strengthening the Minimum Wage and providing tax breaks to firms that boost pay through the Living Wage

  7. Back small businesses by cutting business rates and reforming the banks

  8. Help working parents with 25 hours of free childcare for three- and four-year-olds

  9. Tackle the abuse of migrant labour to undercut wages by banning recruitment agencies that only hire foreign workers and pressing for stronger controls in Europe

  10. Back the next generation with a job guarantee for the young unemployed and more apprenticeships
This is our contract with you. Vote Labour to make Britain better off.


This looks very good to me


Bob said...

Can you explain what a non exploitative zero hours contract is? I don't think its obvious and even where a worker says they are happy with the arrangement it can still be exploitative. High level promises like these 10 steps are encouraging but they need more detail. Is it available yet?

John Gray said...

Hi Bob

Check out

Bank working has worked well in the NHS for generations since it is non compulsory and there is usually a minimum shifts allowance.

Bob said...

Thanks for the link John, it is helpful. I am assuming the workers in LBN on zero hours contracts are within the guidelines Ed Miliband outlines?

John Gray said...

Hi Bob

I understand that they do but I personally would go further and argue that anyone who has worked a regular pattern of hours during the previous 13 weeks ought to be offered a written contract, fixed term or permanent.