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Norwich cathedral defends use of zero hours contracts 

Norwich Anglican Cathedral has defended its use of zero hours contracts which have been attacked by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

The cathedral recently advertised a zero hours post for a refectory assistant at £8.30 an hour. The details stated: “The nature of the employment is such that the hours of work will be at the Chapter’s discretion and will depend on the needs of the business.?The Chapter does not guarantee to provide any minimum amount of work in any given week or month of the year.”
Responding to criticism, the Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, said: “At Norwich Cathedral zero hour contracts are given to those of our staff who choose them because it suits their lifestyle like, for example, students and people who are retired and want a flexible part-time job.
“We take the welfare and wellbeing of our staff very seriously.”
Justin Welby was critical of the gig economy and zero hours contracts in a speech at the recent TUC Conference. He also attacked companies such as Amazon for paying “almost nothing in taxes” and the government’s Universal Credit welfare reform.

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