We are calling for a ban of "zero hour" contracts following evidence their use in NZ is spreading. Zero-hour contracts don't guarantee any hours of work and employees have to be ready to come in when they're called. This form of extremely casualised work makes it virtually impossible for employees to plan for their lives.
"McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Burger King, Wendy's - all of the contracts have no minimum hours," said Unite Union's Mike Treen, "People can be, and are, rostered anywhere from 3 to 40 hours a week, or sometimes 60 hours a week."
NZ First says they must be outlawed, the Greens support a ban, as do the NZ Labour Party. The Human Resources Institute has also joined the call for zero hour contracts to be dropped saying it pushes desperate workers too far.
Join the call for a ban by adding your signature to the petition today.
To: Minister Michael Woodhouse,
We are calling for a ban to the use of zero-hour contracts by ALL employers in New Zealand. They can be exploitative as they offer no guaranteed hours, can be used as a discipline tool, provide no security or benefits and for many employees - it can often be unclear about what type of contract they are on.
Please re-think the legislation and make wider changes to protect those working on zero hour contracts.