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Zero hours contracts: It doesn't have to be this way

We need to end the widespread abuse of zero-hour contracts. The unfair contracts are often used by large organisations who could afford to offer their employees more stable contracts upon which people can build a future.

We sometimes hear about how small businesses have been 'saved' by zero-hours contracts, but this demonstrates why they are regrettable for both small businesses and employees.

Firstly, it highlights the way businesses are sometimes forced to turn to these contracts in desperation.

Secondly, also illustrates that many young people think they have no choice but to accept these terms and conditions because 'that is how it has to be'.

What the government needs to do is work with small businesses to ensure reform of maternity pay is implemented so as not to leave business owners out of pocket.

To discriminate and punish workers for bureaucratic inaction only adds insult to injury.

Yes, these contracts could in some circumstances be the contracts of choice, but they must be negotiated and agreed by both sides.

Yes, sometimes small businesses may need to use them on the occasion, but they must be the exception rather than the rule.

Luigi Reale

Castle Ward

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