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A study of zero hours contracts by Unite the Union has found that those working on such conditions earn an average of £500 a month. A survey of 5,000 members found that the vast majority of people working such contracts did not want to continue on such terms. The study found:
- More than one in five were on zero hours contracts
- Workers on Zero hours contracts reported earning an average of £500 a month
- Under-30s more likely to be on zero hours contracts - 50% of those who Unite spoke to were between 16-30
- A third of respondents said they did not get holiday pay
- 77% of respondents said they did not get any sick pay
- Only one in seven said they wanted to stay on zero hours contracts
Labour leader Ed Miliband will outline his pledge to clamp down on the misuse of zero hours contracts In a speech to the TUC tomorrow, he is expected to say:
As many as 5.5 million people could be employed on zero hours contracts, according to a survey of Unite members.
It says the "staggering" figure - five times previous estimates - show there is a "growing sub class" of insecure, low paid employees earning an average of £500 a month.
A Labour government would impose a crackdown on the use of zero-hours contracts by "exploitative" employers, Ed Miliband will tell the TUC conference tomorrow.
Mr Miliband will tell delegates that while the contracts can be useful in some cases they have been "terribly misused" in many others.