Jeremy Corbyn could boycott next Glastonbury over ‘unacceptable’ zero hours contracts

Jeremy Corbyn and Michael Eavis
Michael Eavis and Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury. Matt Cardy / Getty
  • Jeremy Corbyn urged to boycott Glastonbury over zero hours contracts.
  • Festival reportedly employed hundreds of migrant workers on insecure contracts.
  • Spokesperson says Corbyn opposes use of zero hours contracts “wherever they are imposed”.
  • Labour leader “happy to raise” the issue with Michael Eavis.

LONDON — Jeremy Corbyn could be forced to boycott the next Glastonbury festival if it continues to employ migrant workers on zero hours contracts.

The Labour leader was one of the stars of this year’s festival and told festival-goers that he would end the acceptance of “low wages and insecurity as just part of life”. He has previously pledged to end the exploitation of migrant Labour in the UK.

However, it later emerged that the festival had hired hundreds of migrant workers on zero hours contracts to pick up litter after the festival had ended.

Corbyn’s spokesperson today described the contracts as “unacceptable” and said Corbyn would oppose them “wherever they are imposed”.

“Jeremy and the Labour party have taken a very strong stand over the use of zero hours contracts and the exploitation of migrant workers and the spread of all manner of insecure agency working and we would take that view wherever it happened,” they added.

Asked whether he would boycott the next festival in two years time if it continues to use such contracts, he did not rule it out, but replied: “Who knows what’s going to happen in Glastonbury next time?”.

They said Corbyn would be “happy to raise it right now” with Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis.

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