Your hours of work are not predetermined and will be notified to you on a weekly basis as soon as is reasonably practicable in advance by your store manager. Subway workers are also required, as a condition of employment, to waive their rights to limit their workweek to 48 hours.
British business leaders have supported them, stating that they provide a flexible labor market. They may suit some people such as retirees and students who want occasional earnings and are able to be entirely flexible about when they work.
These included Sports Direct and two cinema chains, Carbon and Every man. However, Cineworld, another leading cinema chain that also owns Picture house, has come under scrutiny for continuing to use the contract format, with the Ritzy living wage protests at London's Ritzy Cinema especially prominent.
The Institute of Directors, a chartered organization of British business leaders, has defended the contracts as providing a flexible labor market, citing the lack of flexibility in Italy and Spain. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP has also argued that they benefit employees, including students, by providing flexibility, and could provide a route into more permanent employment.
^ “Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015”, legislation.gov.UK, The National Archives, 2015 c. 26 ^ Unman, Phillip (8 September 2016). “More than 900,000 UK workers now on zero -hours contracts”.
Zero -hours contracts cover more than 1 m UK workers: Poll of more than 1,000 employers reveals controversial contract used far more widely in the UK than government data suggests”. Zero -hours contracts: 5.5 m Britons “are on deals offering little guaranteed work”: Unite survey finds 22% of workers employed by private firms are on contracts promising less than three hours a week”.
The government's refusal to address the growing scandal of zero -hours contracts is creating a sub-class of insecure and low-paid employment. “Pressure mounts on Sports Direct over zero -hours contracts: Unite demands meeting with company founder Mike Ashley over contracts that do not provide workers with set hours”.
Zero -hours contract figures were wrong, ONS admits”. “McDonald's offer staff the chance to get off zero -hours contracts”.
“Burger King and Domino's Pizza also using zero -hours contracts: British Retail Consortium calls on employers to act responsibly amid revelations about fast food chain workers”. ^ Neville, Simon; Matthew Taylor; Phillip Unman (30 July 2013).
“Buckingham Palace uses zero -hours contracts for summer staff: The 350 part-time workers deployed during summer opening of the royal family's London residence have no guaranteed work”. “Carbon and Every man cinema staff on zero -hours contracts”.
“Cineworld boss pledges to continue with zero -hours contracts”. The CBI says that labor market flexibility, including zero -hours contracts, supported job creation during the recent post-recession recovery.
Zero -hours contracts could be subject to new legislation, says Vince Cable: Business secretary says employer exclusivity is main issue for review, as figures show one million are on zero -hours deals”. “Every man cinema chain is next to drop zero -hours contracts”.
“Ritzy cinema living wage strike disrupts BFI London film festival”. ^ Archived 16 August 2014 at the Payback Machine ^ “Kiwis tied to zero hour contracts speak out”.
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