NORTH West union bosses are calling for a ban on zero-hour working.

It comes as new research from the TUC reveals staff on the controversial contracts do double the night shifts and are paid on average £4 an hour less than other workers.

TUC secretary for the North West Lynn Collins said: “The vast majority of people on zero-hour contracts want out. The only flexibility offered to them is what’s good for employers.

“Zero-hours workers regularly work through the night for low pay, putting their health at risk. And many face the constant uncertainty of not knowing when their next shift will come.

“We need the government to stamp out these unfair contracts. Working people in the North West need solid jobs, with guaranteed hours, to provide for a decent family life.”

Monday marked the start of HeartUnions Week 2019, when trade union members in the North West will be promoting the things they do to help working people in the region.

This year HeartUnions Week will also campaign for a ban on zero-hours contracts. Union leaders will commit to negotiate an end to zero-hour contracts in workplaces where they have recognition. And an online petition will build public support for a ban.