Where I work, we part-timers get a much worse deal. Isn't it wrong to discriminate against part-time workers?

Yes, it is. Under the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations, part-time workers have the statutory right to be treated the same as comparable full-time workers, i.e. workers on the same type of contract with the same employer. This is a right you enjoy from day one of your employment.

If you think you and your colleagues are receiving less favourable treatment because you are part-timers, you should request (and are entitled to receive), a written statement of reasons for the difference in treatment. This statement (or absence of it) may be taken into account by an employment tribunal hearing a complaint under the Regulations. The employer has to prove that this different treatment is justified on objective grounds.

For more information, see our Part-time Workers section.

In practice, it is usually best to deal with this sort of issue on a collective basis, rather than on your own. Join a trade union if you haven't done so already. Unions have many part-time workers and are expert at helping them to negotiate and to fight for better pay and conditions. Browse our Union Finder tool for more information.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.