MPs to hear from Unite the Union on Zero-Hours Contracts

09 September 2013

The Committee will hold an oral evidence session on Zero-hours contracts in order to establish a more accurate picture of the number employed in this way and what effect that has on those people and the economy as a whole

The term “zero-hours contract” is a colloquial term for an employment contract in which the employee is not guaranteed work, and is paid only for work carried out. Under such terms, people agree to be available for work as and when required, but have no guaranteed hours or times of work.

Zero-hours contracts effectively provide employers with a pool of people who are 'on-call' and can be used when the need arises.

Unite the Union believes that in general zero-hours contracts are unfair, creating insecurity and exploitation for many ordinary people struggling to get by.


Wednesday 11 September

At 2.30pm in The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

  • James Bevan, Unite Campaigns & Communications Officer 
  • Pat Rafferty, Unite Regional Secretary Scotland
  • Mark Epstein, Mass1
  • Daniel Elton, Mass1

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