What are Precarious Contracts?
Precarious contracts are contracts where the worker can’t be certain what work they will get in the future. These can take many forms. They can include: Zero Hour Contracts, Agency Workers, Short Hour Contracts, Fixed Term / Temporary Contracts, and bogus forms of self-employment (sometimes employers call these workers ‘independent contractors’).
What about workers who like flexibility?
When flexibility truly works two-ways it can be a good thing. Our demands ensure that workers get fair compensation for making themselves available for work, effectively being ‘on-call’, and will also ensure that workers can still enjoy the benefits of flexible working, but with more security.
What about technology?
There’s nothing modern about exploitation. These contracts have grown most in traditional sectors like care work, hospitality and teaching. They are about exploitation not responding to technological development.