Glastonbury Festival has been accused of firing 600 zero hour contract workers from Europe, two days into the job.
The organisers were said to have employed 700 people to collect litter at the festival for two weeks but most had their contracts cut short and were left stranded in Somerset two weekends ago (21–26 June).
The uproar comes after Jeremy Corbyn’s appearance at the festival on the Pyramid Stage alongside organiser Michael Eavis, where Corbyn received applause for his comments on young people, low wages and Labour’s plans to end zero hour contracts.
Workers had travelled to the festival from Czech Republic, Spain, Poland and Latvia after receiving zero hour contracts to help with the clean up that follows the event, after filling out an online application for the position.
Due to good weather and plenty of on-site litter teams, the rubbish left after the festival was not at the level they were expecting. Reports say that up to 600 workers were fired as a result.
Video footage by The Independent shows the protests after workers were asked to leave.
One of the workers, Simon Kadlcak from Czech Republic, said to The Independent he had arrived to the site, Worthy Farm, on the Monday to began work the next day after hearing about the job from friends who signed up to work via the online form.
“We found out quite soon that there was not as much garbage as usual, so there was less work,” he said. “Rumours were being spread about what would happen and there was no proper information.”
A spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn commented: “Labour is committed to ending zero hour contracts, which was included in our manifesto, and the next Labour government will end zero hour contracts.”