'Zero-hours' contracts: Over one million workers in UK are literally slavesSubmitted by Bob-45 on Thu, 08/08/2013 - 00:44
Simon Goodley and Phillip Inman
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:22 CDT
Poll of more than 1,000 employers reveals controversial contract used far more widely in the UK than government data suggests.
More than 1 million British workers could be employed on zero-hours contracts, new figures released on Monday reveal, suggesting that British business is deploying the controversial employment terms far more widely than previously thought.
The figure - derived from a poll of more than 1,000 employers conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) - prompted renewed calls for the government to launch a full inquiry into the use of the contracts, after a week in which a string of organisations - from retail chains to Buckingham Palace - have faced criticism for hiring staff but offering no guarantee of work and pay each week. Employees on zero-hours contracts often get no holiday or sick pay and have to ask permission before seeking additional work elsewhere.