The Archbishop of Canterbury has been criticised after it emerged the Church of England uses zero-hours contracts and invests in Amazon, despite his attacks on both during a speech earlier this week.
Speaking at the TUC Congress in Manchester, Justin Welby rebuked companies such as Amazon for paying “almost nothing” in taxes, and described the so-called gig economy and zero-hours contracts as “the reincarnation of an ancient evil”.
It has now been revealed that at least two Church of England cathedrals are advertising jobs on zero-hours contracts, while the church has confirmed that the retailer Amazon is one of its 20 biggest investments worldwide.
Gloucester Cathedral is currently advertising for a porter on a zero-hours contract. Its website describes the role as mostly evening and weekend work with a wage of up to £8.75 per hour.
And Norwich Cathedral is looking for a refectory assistant, calling it a “casual zero-hours post” on its website.
In a letter to the Times, the Rev Ray Anglesea, a United Reformed Church minister who worked on a zero-hours contract in a cathedral bookshop, said the archbishop “might have done well to have put his own house in order before addressing the conference”.
He wrote: “What the Most Rev Justin Welby did not disclose was how many of his cathedrals are zero-hours contract employers and how many cathedral employees have no job certainty, no sick or holiday pay, and no maternity cover.”