UK: ‘ BUSINESS GROUPS SUPPORT ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS THOUGH THEY OFFER VERY SCANT PROTECTION FOR WORKERS ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Report: UK.Feb.26: Even though zero-hours contracts do not give an worker protection under new rules brought into being by this government. The Telegraph reports that Business groups have defended companies using zero-hours contracts, arguing that they have protected the UK from the high levels of unemployment seen on the continent.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) and Confederation of British Industry (CBI) both spoke out on Wednesday after figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that 697,000 people, or 2.3pc of the workforce, are on zero-hours contracts.

Use of the contracts, which do not guarantee working hours with a company, has become a key political issue in the run-up to the general election, with Labour leader Ed Miliband calling for them to be banned.

However, business groups said the flexibility the contracts offer workers and businesses is an asset to the UK economy.

“For hundreds of thousands of workers and employers these contracts represent an extremely attractive proposition,” Christian May of the IoD said.

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