Monica Lennon Becomes a Zero-Hours Justice Accredited Employer

Monica is urging employers to pledge to end the practice of zero-hour contracts. Monica is the latest employer to become accredited by Zero Hours Justice, a trade-union backed campaign seeking a ban on zero hours contracts being enforced on workers.

This comes against a background of statistics from the Office for National Statistics showing 94,000 Scottish workers are employed in insecure work, with hospitality, social care and retail sectors using them most frequently.

The campaign group Zero Hours Justice is encouraging public and private sector employers who offer their workers fair employment contracts to sign up to the free accreditation scheme.

Monica said:

“I am proud to become a Zero Hours Justice Employer, as I believe passionately in protecting and advancing workers' rights. We know how exploitative zero hours contracts can be when they are forced on workers.

“Zero hour contracts create uncertainty for people, making it hard to budget and plan for childcare and caring responsibilities. In the cost-of-living crisis, it is important now more than ever that workers have secure and regular employment they can rely on.

“I encourage other employers in Lanarkshire to visit the zerohoursjustice.org website and take that important step towards becoming a Zero Hours Justice accredited workplace.”

Chris Peace, Director of Zero Hours Justice said,

"We are delighted that Monica Lennon MSP has become the latest employer in Scotland to gain accreditation as a Zero Hours Justice employer. The ONS figures show that zero hours contracts are all too prevalent in the Scottish economy.

“Zero hours contracts are exploitative and unnecessary. They leave workers uncertain of how many hours they might work, how much they will be paid and how they plan their lives. Zero hours contracts are also bad for business, impacting on workforce morale and employee recruitment and retention.”

Monica Lennon is an MSP for the Central Scotland Region. In 2021, she passed the ground-breaking Period Product (Scotland) Act. Follow her on Twitter for recent updates.