RUTHLESS bosses are conning workers on zero-hours contracts into believing they have no right to a holiday.
A study by the charity Citizens Advice found yesterday that some employers were deliberately flouting the law and exploiting workers’ confusion around the issue.
It called on the next government to ensure workers are aware of, and able to take, the paid holiday to which they are entitled.
In the last financial year almost 185,000 people were helped by Citizens Advice on employment issues, with 10,000 cases specifically about paid holiday.
The charity cited one man who worked in a care home for 48 hours a week for more than five years.
His employer told him night workers are not entitled to paid holiday, depriving him of £8,900, while a woman working in the sales sector was told she could take holiday only if she met her sales targets, which is unlawful, the charity said.
Chief executive Gillian Guy said: “Thousands are missing out on rights they are entitled to due to a lack of awareness, confusion and in some cases deliberate dirty tactics by employers.”
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Zerohours contract workers often feel like they have zero rights at work.
“Put a foot wrong and you can be let go in a heartbeat. Turn down a shift because your kid’s sick and you can be left with little or no work.
“That’s why employment law needs dragging into the 21st century. Far too many workers are losing out on decent terms and conditions.”