Zero-hours contracts tackled

MP Michael Moore has hailed Government action to tackle abuse of zero-hours contracts as “good news” for the Borders.

His comments came after Liberal Democrat Business Minister Jenny Willott announced last week that the government will take steps to protect workers on zero hours contracts as part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. The changes include banning the use of exclusivity clauses in contracts which do not guarantee any hours. This will ensure individuals will be free to look for work elsewhere to help boost their income if they so wish. The Government will also develop a code of practice on fair use for zero hour contracts.

Mr Moore said: “I am very pleased that the Government is taking action to protect employees on zero hour contracts.

“While these contracts can provide flexibility for both employers and employees here in the Borders, things like exclusivity contracts have been deeply unfair because they have prevented people from seeking work elsewhere.”