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BCC: Heavy-handed Regulation of Zero-hours Contracts is Not the Answer

Commenting on the Labour Party’s proposal to give zero-hours workers regular contracts after three months, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

"Zero-hours contracts are not used by most of the businesses we work with, but they remain appropriate in a small number of cases where both the employee and the employer value the flexibility that they provide. What's more, recent action to outlaw exclusivity clauses already prevents mis-use of zero-hours contracts by a small number of rogue employers.

"Heavy-handed regulation of employment contract options is not the answer. There are surely better ways to help improve the prospects for the lower paid, such as promoting training in the workplace, which would help more people move up within businesses and earn more."

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