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Zero hour contracts "throw household budgets into disarray"

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice has welcomed plans to ban clauses in zero hour contracts which prevent workers from taking employment with other companies. The crackdown on exclusivity clauses must be "a platform to tackle other big problems" with Zero Hour Contracts, says the charity's Chief Executive.

Citizens Advice Chief Executive, Gillian Guy, said:

"Flexibility in our labour market is important, but not at the cost of fairness. The lack of a stable income can throw household budgets into disarray, with people unsure of how they will get from one week to the next.

"We have called for a crackdown on abuse of Zero Hour Contracts and the proposed ban on exclusivity clauses is sensible and fair. With today's welcome news, the Government has built a platform to tackle the other big problems with Zero Hour Contracts. The lack of legal protection for people on this type of contract is unacceptable and leaves people denied their basic rights. There needs to be a commitment to ensure employers give people on Zero Hour Contracts important entitlements like holiday pay and sick pay.

“The two biggest burdens on family budgets, housing and childcare, are impossible to manage without a regular income. Today must be a first step toward guaranteeing all employees a decent standard of treatment in work."

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