One day in March an entire country decided to outlaw all zero-hours contracts. No ifs, no buts, no opt-outs. Yes, I’m talking about the same kind of zero-hours contracts that Sports Direct – which today agreed to pay more than 1,000 illegally underpaid workers around £1m in backpay – inflicts on about 90% of its staff. The deal that means your boss or agency can offer you however many hours whenever they like. The same arrangement on which a million Britons have to manage a weekly shop, the rent and a family.
Yes, zero hours work can be banned: New Zealand has just done it