Open consultation Zero hours employment contracts


This is an online consultation that seeks views from as many participants as possible. It seeks further evidence on the problems identified around the use of zero hours contracts and invites responses to a number of potential actions government can take to address them and promote a better outcome.

At this stage, the government has no preferred options. Views are sought in particular on maintaining a fair balance between the flexibility provided by zero hours contracts and ensuring adequate protection for individuals.

Bad for Britain, bad for workers, bad for you

No to zero hoursThe rise of zero hours contracts in the workplace is the latest attack on workers’ rights and dignity. Put simply, zero hours contracts cover a range of arrangements that mean workers have no guaranteed weekly hours or income, and are only being paid for the hours that they do work. Unite wants to challenge employers to end the exploitation.

It’s time to end the exploitation – Email your MP ahead of Parliamentary debate about zero Hours contracts on Wednesday 4 September.

Please contact your MP – using the form below – and ask them to attend this important debate. You might like to include some of the clear recommendations Unite has made, which we know would help end exploitation of many zero hours workers:

  • Drop the steep charge for employment tribunals (one of the only ways workers can pursue justice);
  • Define zero hours workers as employees with all the legal protections that accompany this;
  • Require government to use its purchasing power to wipe out insecure employment from all state contracts.

Contact your MP using the form below and make your voice heard today!


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