Members of Youth Fight for Jobs are protesting in York today against zero-hour contracts. It follows revelations that some major retailers employ up to 90 per cent of staff on a "zero-hour" contract basis which do not guarantee staff any work and also allow employers to avoid paying sick pay.
The campaigners aim to raise awareness of the frustrations faced by "under-employed young workers"; from low pay to being asked to work late without pay or not receiving paid breaks at work. They also want to encourage young workers to join trade unions.
– IAIN DALTON, YORKSHIRE ORGANISER OF YOUTH FIGHT FOR JOBS AND EDUCATION
"With figures showing that the Government's own estimates of employees on zero-hour contracts being an underestimate, we now see large numbers of mainstream employers revealed to be using zero hours contracts. This is a conscious strategy of employers to boost their profits at the expense of their employees. We are fighting to unionise young workers to win real contracts with guaranteed hours including full-time contracts for those who want them."