University of Strathclyde
Like many other educational institutions, the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow has used zero hours contracts (ZHCs) to cover a range of functions. In 2015, aligned with the University's 'People Oriented' value and its stated aim to be a socially progressive employer, it was decided that no further ZHCs would be issued. From January 2016, remaining zero hours contract staff were transferred onto new arrangements.
With recognised trade unions, ZHCs have been mapped onto a range of different arrangements depending on individual circumstances, including part time contracts and guaranteed minimum hours contracts with no detriment where an employee does not wish to take up an offer of hours of work. This allows staff to know, in advance, the minimum amount of work that they are guaranteed. Offering greater security of work is a fairer way of working that can benefit staff and the University. Avoiding ZHCs is consistent with the University's status as a Living Wage Accredited Employer and holder of a Healthy Working Lives Gold award.
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