United Kingdom -Debate on zero-hours contracts -February 25, 2015

The trade union confederation TUC stated that zero-hours contracts sum up what has gone wrong in the modern workplace: anyone on such a contract has no guarantee of any work from one day to another.

Figures of people who are employed on zero hours contracts in their main employment, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and coming from the Labour Force Survey, estimate that, by the end of 2014, the total number of people employed on zero hours contracts represented 2.3% of total in employment - up on the previous year when the figure stood at 1.9%. In its release, the ONS note that it is ‘not possible to say how much of this increase is due to greater recognition of the term ‘zero-hours contracts’ rather than new contracts’. The trade union confederation TUC stated that zero-hours contracts sum up what has gone wrong in the modern workplace: anyone on such a contract has no guarantee of any work from one day to another. In many sectors, especially social care, zero-hours contracts are used to drive down costs regardless of the impact on services and the workforce.

English: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2015/feb/25/zero-hour-contracts ...  

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lmac/contracts-with-no-guaranteed-hours/zero-hour ...  


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