Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the TUC, has urged freelance workers to tackle low-wage growth and zero-hours contracts by joining a trade union.
According to O'Grady, trade unions are currently being targeted by the government via the introduction of legislation to reduce industrial action. However, the TUC head has stated that contract and temporary workers should "band together" to encourage wage growth and secure contracts.
Recent reports from TUC have revealed that the average worker is still £40 per week worse off than before the financial crisis, despite recent increases in wages.
According to O'Grady, it will take until 2018 for the UK's average earning to return to the real values of 2008, which he claims translates to ten years of "backwards pay" while utility bills, transport and housing costs continue to rise.
Ms O'Grady has argued that an increase in trade unions will help freelance and temporary workers to strengthen their fight and help boost minimum wages across every industry.
“To every worker – freelance, contract, temporary or permanent – I say: get a group of your colleagues together and join a union," she said. "Feel that support, that confidence and that pride that only comes when you stand with your workmates and use your collective sway to make working life better."