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Major zero-hour contracts issue with claims SNP using them in by-election campaign

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The thorny issue of zero-hour contracts has become a major issue across the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election with claims that the SNP are using them in their campaign.The matter rose head when Labour was slammed by the Scottish Socialist Party over reports that they were ready to dump their key pledge in banning all zero-hour contracts.A policy blueprint seen by the BBC claims that only “exploitative” zero-hour contracts would be subject to the proposed ban.

This would not be stopped if employees themselves preferred flexibility.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Bill Bonnar, the SSP’s by-election candidate, said: “It’s not just rotten hourly rates of pay that creates poverty for workers and their families, but the modern form of slavery that is zero-hours contracts.

Scotland has the dishonour of being the UK’s zero-hours capital, with the numbers rising to 109,000.“These contracts give all the flexibility to the employers, all the insecurity to workers.

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