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STUC report shows zero-hour contracts are ‘a threat to everyone’s living standards’

WORKERS on zero-hours and short-term contracts in Scotland suffer from a lack of time and control over their own lives, a new report by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has said.

The report, entitled Time, Control, Trust: Collectivising in Precarious Work, presents joint research by the STUC and Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.

It includes testimony from members of several unions, STUC committees, and activists from the Better than Zero campaign against zero-hours contracts.

STUC general secretary Grahame Smith said: “Low wages, intensified work and zero-hour contracts are becoming normal practices in parts of our economy thanks to the pressure of welfare cuts and anti-union laws.

“These corners of exploitation are a threat to everyone’s living standards.”

The report calls on the British government to introduce a statutory right to an employment contract, with a minimum of 16 hours work per week, and for young workers to receive the full adult minimum wage.

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