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Workers could get compensated for cancelled shifts

Zero-hours and "gig economy" workers who have shifts cancelled at short notice could be paid compensation under new government plans.
The proposal is part of a package of measures aimed at improving the rights of low-paid flexible workers.
Under the proposals, they could receive the full value of the shift cancelled or three times the hourly minimum wage for each hour cancelled.
The government is canvassing views on the proposals over the next 12 weeks.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said one in six low-paid workers on flexible hours received no more than a day's notice of a cancelled shift.
In addition, nearly 40% of all UK workers said their hours varied from week to week, with 1.7 million people saying they were very anxious that their working hours could change unexpectedly.
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