A university’s union has taken a stand on zero hours contracts - banning them for all casual and catering staff.
The decision by the Strathclyde University Union, one of the largest in the country, means that all staff will be guaranteed a minimum number of hours work, paid annual leave and sick pay.
Gary Paterson, President of the union, said the contracts are “the shame of our society” which effectively steal the rights and securities of students who often have to take whatever work they can get.
He added: “Many of our casual staff are students who require flexibility and security; we can provide both without the need for zero hours contracts.
We believe zero hours contracts should become a thing of the past
“We also recognise that our non-student staff work tirelessly to ensure students are supported in making the most of their university life.
“Our members and staff are the greatest resource we have and it’s important that they are valued. After all, the students of today are the workforce of tomorrow.”
Some of the UK’s biggest employers have been exposed as using zero hours contracts as well as a number of third sector organisation especially those working in the social care field.
Paterson continued: “We believe zero hours contracts should become a thing of the past. If we can do it, so can other businesses and organisations.
“We challenge the university and other public bodies, as well as our wider society, to follow suit.”