EU sources -Zero hours contracts on the rise -October 21, 2013

The European federation of public service unions (EPSU) has gathered reports on the rise of zero hours contracts throughout Europe. EPSU reports that over a million UK workers and 7% of Spanish, Finish, Dutch and Swiss workers are on zero hours contracts. Zero hours contracts are labour contracts that do not include a clause on guaranteed working hours, making it possible for employers to end or pause the employment relationship by simply reducing the number of hours to zero.



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