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Protests Against controversial Zero Hour Contracts in York

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.

"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."

– IAIN DALTON, YORKSHIRE ORGANISER OF YOUTH FIGHT FOR JOBS AND EDUCATION