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TUC warns of 'two-tier' workforce

15 Dec 2014

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has released a report showing that workers on temporary and zero-hours contracts are earning substantially less than permanent staff.

General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O’Grady, said: ‘The growth of zero-hours contracts, along with other forms of precarious employment, is one of the main reasons why working people have seen their living standards worsen significantly in recent years.

‘It is shocking that so many workers employed on these kind of contracts are on poverty pay and miss out on things that most of us take for granted like sick pay’.

The findings in The Decent Jobs Deficit report show that workers on zero-hours contracts earn on average £300 less per week than permanent staff, and are five times more likely miss out on statutory sick pay as a result.

O’Grady added: ‘While it is good to see employment rising, if the UK doesn’t create more well-paid jobs with regular hours we will continue to have a two-tier workforce where many people are stuck in working poverty’.