by Tim Lezard The TUC says Sports Direct’s announcement on zero hours contract will do nothing to end job insecurity and victimisation. The company yesterday caved into pressure from campaigners wanting to end zero hours contracts. A former employee to …

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Sports Directby Tim Lezard

The TUC says Sports Direct’s announcement on zero hours contract will do nothing to end job insecurity and victimisation.

The company yesterday caved into pressure from campaigners wanting to end zero hours contracts. A former employee took them to an employment tribunal, due to be heard next month, over the policy of employing staff on contracts that guarantee no fixed hours each week.

The company settled out of court, agreeing to re-write the contracts to expressly state that “casual” roles will not guarantee any work.

But the TUC says this does not go far enough.

General secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is good that Sports Direct will now be more open about what a bad deal zero hours contracts can be for workers. Other companies should do the same.

“But this settlement does nothing to stop the insecurity of zero hours contracts. Nor does it end the fear that zero hours workers have of getting on the wrong side of their manager in case they are victimised.”


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Campaigning journalist, editor of @Union_NewsUK, NUJ exec member; lover of cricket, football, cycling, theatre and dodgy punk bands

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