Thursday, Feb 26, 2015

Explains UK ''low unemployment'' figures

Telegraph: Zero-hours contracts 'save UK from eurozone levels of unemployment'

Business groups defend companies who use zero-hour contracts after new figures reveal 697,000 people in the UK are on them

Posted by hpwatcher @ 07:00 AM (5171 views)
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1. hpwatcher said...

The Tory narrative is of a full recovery heading toward full employment, to propel them into government in 2015.

Unfortunately, like most things nowadays, it's a fudge. It's simply not true. Zero hours, together with the farce of ''self-employment'' are simply tools to reduce the unemployment figures.

There is no recovery, just more debt, and - in real terms - decreasing wages for UK workers.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 08:24AM Report Comment

2. Rob Mk said...

Zero hours.....not both ways.......neither party give a stuff either way......a mess.
Is it not that Zero hours also cuts both ways, you don't have to give notice to your employer?
In some areas of industry this leads to major management issues.
Transient workforce will just push on to another job, oh wait that won't work in UK as you are trapped by property/rent prices.

I heard tell that Romanian workers would simply go on to the next better paying factory in the area without notice (and that's with a contract).
Main European Car plants had major issues with this, just as they were trained and quality got up to scratch and then they didn't turn up for work.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 01:16PM Report Comment

3. The Gwim Weaper said...

Increasing the school leaving age was almost guaranteed to cause a fall in unemployment and nobody seems to mention this...

Thursday, February 26, 2015 03:58PM Report Comment

4. hpwatcher said...

.works both ways

Problem is that the wages tend to be absolutely minimal. There is an 'apprentice scheme' which allows employers to effectively cut the minimum wage in half and reduce it to as little as £2.50 an hour.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 08:23PM Report Comment

5. clockslinger said...

Zero hours contracts are an asset to the UK economy says the Institute of Directors.
No, quite the opposite. The Institute of Dirctors are parasites.
I, and my fellow workers, are the host on which the Parasite of Directors lives, unwillingly underwriting the derisory, insulting salaries they pay to these workers through my taxes, which I want to pay to welfare recipients so they do not have to put up with this very kind of abuse.
Institute of Directors. Taxpayers Alliance. The pitchforks WILL find you. In the meantime my advice to those on zero hours contracts is simple; TAKE AS MUCH STUFF AS YO CAN FROM YOUR EMPLOYERS TO SUPPLEMENT WHAT PASSES FOR A SALARY UNTIL THEY LEARN SOME MANNERS!

Saturday, February 28, 2015 05:59PM Report Comment

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