Re: re Charities
"How are these people employed? It sounds is if they're regular employees."
We used to employ several people on zero hours. It was their choice.
They wanted to pick and choose their hours, one due to childcare, one was a student, so sometimes didn't want to work for a week or two if they had a big assignment on, or just wanted a few days off, one was semi-retired and theother just wanted the flexibilty.
We actually stopped it, not because it was "evil" but it actually caused us far more problems staffing wise. People get themselves that "all zero hours must be banned" mentality, but for some, it is what they want.
The problems arise when it is the ONLY option, not a chosen option.