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CAS welcome Government commitment on Zero Hours Contracts

26 May 2015

Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the  Scottish Government's efforts to stop businesses exploiting workers on Zero Hours Contracts.

The First Minister has today unveiled 9 business pledges, which include a pledge on Zero Hours Contracts. 

CAS has been campaigning on this issue for the last few years, in response to increasing evidence of the problem at CABs. 

CAS spokesman Rob Gowans says. 

"We certainly welcome the focus on Zero Hours Contracts. This is something we have been highlighting to Ministers for some time as a priority area for action. 

"We see today's pledge as a first step and we will be talking to Ministers about how to build on this. 

"CAB evidence shows that too many Scots are taking on these contracts in good faith only to find they are then being exploited by rogue employers who leave them without work - or pay - for months on end.

"We see cases every week where this sort of exploitation leads to poverty, debt and destitution. Nobody in Scotland should be in that position and it's clear that action is needed, not just by employers but by governments too."

A few weeks ago CAS published a briefing for Scottish politicians on in-work poverty which included Zero Hours Contracts.

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