United Kingdom -Half-hearted policy on zero-hours contracts -December 19, 2013

The government has started a consultation that will last 12 weeks on the use of zero-hours contracts. However, the responsible cabinet member ruled out a complete ban on zero-hours contracts from the start, saying the contracts had a place in the labour market even though there had been evidence of abuse of rights as they offered employers ‘welcome flexibility’. Zero-hours contracts do not guarantee regular work for employees. Business leaders welcomed the move not to ban zero-hours contracts but the trade unions bosses accused the government of being ‘desperately short on solutions’ to restrict their use. The unions added that zero-hours contracts are only part of the problem with today's precarious employment and irregular work patterns.

English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25442506



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