Several employers in Greater Manchester have committed to banning zero-hours contracts.
More than 60 of Greater Manchester’s employers are to ban zero-hour contracts and pay over the minimum wage as part of their commitment to the mayor’s “Good Employment Charter”.
The employers include Workspace Design & Build who have abolished zero-hours contracts for staff, including labourers. They are being given a contract of a minimum of 35 hours per week.
When the Charter was launched between a fifth and a quarter of the labour force in Greater Manchester were low paid and around 30,000 workers were on zero-hours contracts.
The Charter commits employers to provide:
It has three tiers – for supporters, employers and advocates – and promotes best practice in employment practice.
Meanwhile, more than 400 Co-op shop floor workers have launched an equal pay claim against the retailer. The staff, most of whom are women, claim that men who work in the supermarket’s depots and distribution centres are paid between £1.50 and £3 more than shop floor staff.
The group is represented by law firm Leigh Day, which argues that this disparity is discriminatory and that as many as 50,000 current and former employees could make a claim. The law firm has also estimated that the average shop floor employee could be owed £10,000 under a successful claim. It is also representing claimants in a similar case against Asda.