People on zero-hour contracts are more than twice as likely to work night shifts, and are paid a third less an hour than other workers, the TUC says.

After polling 3,287 workers – 300 of them zero-hour staff – it concluded the “exploitative” system should be banned.

It says the flexibility such contracts offer are only “good for employers”.

But the government said a ban would “impact more people than it would help”, arguing zero-hours worked well for

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