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Not all zero hours contracts are the devils work

Not all zero hours contracts are the & lsquo;devil’s work’

The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) has responded positively to recent moves by the Labour Party to better understand the zero hour contracts controversy.

In a speech to the TUC in Bournemouth on Tuesday (10 September) Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, promised to ban certain types of zero hour contracts when Labour next re-gain power.

Mr Miliband has also commissioned HR leader Norman Pickavance to chair an independent consultation and review into the use of zero hour contracts in the UK.

The ARC welcomes Mr Pickavance’s appointment and Chairman Adrian Marlowe said: “We agree with Norman Pickavance’s statement that myths and misunderstanding exist around the use of such contracts. These do need to be clarified as we do not accept that all zero hour contracts are the & lsquo;devil’s work’ and we look forward to the Labour Party report on the subject in January.

“In our press release in early August we said that a flexible workforce is important to the UK economy but also that unfairness can arise if an employer prevents a worker taking up job opportunities elsewhere. This is the type of exploitation which Ed Miliband has pledged to ban I’m pleased to say that within the recruitment industry such restrictive practices are already unlawful.

“The ARC offered to assist Business Secretary, Vince Cable, with the government’s review and equally, we will be writing to Ed Miliband and Norman Pickavance to pledge our industry knowledge to help them all we can with their consultation.”


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