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Zero-hours protest held in York
CAMPAIGNERS against so-called Zero Hour contracts protested outside a shop in York city centre.
Activists from Youth Fight For Jobs in Yorkshire made a stand outside Sports Direct in Davygate at the weekend, as part of a regional protest against the contracts, which do not guarantee employees work, and allow employers to avoid paying sick pay.
A report in a national newspaper last week stated that about 90 per cent of Sports Direct’s workforce, about 20,000 workers, were on these contracts.
Similar protests also took place in Leeds and Sheffield, with campaigners claiming the Government should collect an estimated £120 billion uncollected or evaded tax to help the public and workers.
Iain Dalton, Yorkshire Organiser of Youth Fight for Jobs, said: “This issue goes beyond just these companies. The lack of decent jobs available for young people is pushing them towards desperation.”