The Journal Opinion: Should we tolerate zero-hours deals?

The Journal Opinion for Tuesday December 16 in which we argue for a fair deal for those workers employed on zero-hours contracts

Youth unemployment in the North East is to be tackled
Youth unemployment in the North East is to be tackled

An estimated 52,000 people in the North East are working on zero-hours contracts, it was revealed yesterday.

For some, these contracts are good as they enable businesses to cut staff costs and compete better in their respective marketplace. For others, the uncertainty, insecurity and inequality of pay those employed on such deals have to contend with make them an unnecessary evil in modern society.

Whatever your view, it is undoubtedly difficult not to feel particular unease that zero-hours workers do not have the same employment protections as those afforded to permanent staff.

In an age when so much of our lives is regulated by national government and European Union rules, is it not too much to ask that everyone is treated the same when it comes to being an employee?


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer