Opinion: Julian Richer on his campaign to end zero-hours contracts

Julian Richer

Zero-hours contracts, unless freely requested by the employee, create not just poverty but misery. They should be outlawed, and I’m backing an organisation created to do just that.

I hear it said that people on zero-hours like the flexibility. Maybe that’s sometimes the case for students or people with wealthy parents or a private income who can subsidise their lifestyles.

But it’s not the case for most of those on the receiving end of zero-hours, who have to endure the uncertainty they bring. Can you imagine on a daily basis not knowing if you’ll have enough money for food or rent?

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