Zero hours contracts: workers’ exploitation or a recession buster?

More than 100,000,000 British workers are on zero hours contracts, according to CIPD research. A rapid rise in the use of the zero hours contracts in 2012 attracted a lot of media and government attention over the past months. There are calls for them to be outlawed on the basis that they are exploitative. Supporters argue they offer greater flexibility to business which is sorely needed in difficult economic times. Zero hours contracts gained popularity after the Agency Workers Regulations 2011 came into force. These regulations entitle temporary workers to the same terms and conditions of...

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