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Zero hours contracts proposals welcome but code of conduct remains essential

Angelo Evangelou

25 April 2014

Commenting on the Labour Party’s proposals on zero hours contracts, Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation, said:

We welcome the provisions allowing zero hours contracts for those who want them. This will discourage the current use and future growth of these particular forms of employment, especially for those who feel they have no choice. But we strongly suspect they will have a smaller impact on casualization, insecurity, and poor employment practices at the bottom end of the labour market. The Work Foundation still believes that employer engagement in developing codes of conduct across sectors must be an essential part of any solution.”

 

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Notes to editors

 

  1. Ian Brinkley, chief economist is available for interviews, briefings, analysis, and written comment.
  2. The Work Foundation’s submission to the consultation run by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills can be found here - http://www.theworkfoundation.com/Reports/356/Zero-Hour-Contracts-response-to-the-BIS-consultation
  3. The Work Foundation aims to be the leading independent, international authority on work and its future, influencing policy and practice for the benefit of society. The Work Foundation is part of Lancaster University – an alliance that enables both organisations to further enhance their impact.

 

 

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