Borders Rail Link workers on zero hours contracts

Some subcontractors are using zero-hours contracts. Picture: SNS

Some subcontractors are using zero-hours contracts. Picture: SNS

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WORKERS on the Borders Rail Link are employed on controversial zero hours contracts, it emerged today.

Some subcontractors working on the £294 million line connecting Edinburgh Waveley to Tweedbank were taken on under the contracts which allow firms to use and pay individuals only when required.

The publicly-funded link, expected to open in summer 2015, will run through Dalkeith, Newtongrange, Mayfield, Gorebridge, Bonnyrigg, Rosewell and Shawfair.

Both UK and Scottish Governments have condemned zero hour contracts.

Pat Rafferty, Scottish secretary of the Unite union, said: “It’s sickening that millions of pounds of public money is being used to deliver this project, yet construction firms are using zero hour contracts to milk as much profit from the process as they can while leaving workers in limbo.”