// House of Fraser staff are faced with zero-hours contracts ultimatum
// The group is offering store staff below management level zero-hours contracts in place of existing contracts
// Staff who don’t accept the new contract terms face being made redundant
House of Fraser has reportedly put staff into consultation over its move to zero-hours contracts, which puts thousands of roles at risk.
The retailer, owned by Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group, is considering offering all store staff below management level zero-hours contracts in place of their existing contracts.
A staff member said that the consultancy process begun yesterday and that staff who don’t accept the new contract terms face being made redundant on the most basic terms, Retail Week reported.
The zero-hours contracts would mean store staff face the prospect of losing holiday pay and sick pay.
Since House of Fraser was acquired by Ashley, 14 of 59 stores have been permanently closed and thousands of jobs lost.
The initiative comes after fellow Frasers Group-owned retailer, Evans Cycles, slashed 300 jobs and moved all remaining staff over to zero-hours contracts in March this year.
Management were moved to 45-hour contracts in place of 40-hour ones, while all other staff entered “casual workers agreements”.