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H&M push for zero hour contracts

H&M pushes for zero hour contracts in Sweden

The fast fashion giant has announced major restructuring plans in Sweden, with punishing consequences for its workers. Management intends to dramatically reduce working hours for up to 1,500 people who work in its 69 shops in Sweden and introduce zero-hour contracts for new recruits. The plans have come under heavy criticism from H&M workers’ union Handels.

In some cases, staff who previously had full-time contracts will have to go down to five hours a week. “We have examples of people who have worked for 30 years in the company and as thanks for that they now receive this type of offer,” said Linda Palmetzhofer, President of Handels trade union.

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