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Zero hour contracts and the repercussions.
December 31, 2017

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Zero hour contracts and the repercussions.

December 31, 2017

Tonight New Year's Eve off to the movies with my granddaughter,the new Star Wars movie. Park the car head towards the entrance of the Odeon Rochdale and are met by a guy begging,or better still asking for loose change to get some food. The guy wasn't one of the usually dressed beggars that frequent our towns and cities,scruffy needing a shave wash and clean cloths ,he looked well considering he was soaked to the skin. I had a few words asking why he needed me to give him my loose change , telling me his last food was yesterday,shit I thought and emptied my purse of the 3 or 4 quid in silver ,wishing him my best went to the movie .( if you haven't seen it GO) 3 hours later after the excellent movie heading across car to car ,this young guy comes over to us from Pizza Hut and thanked us for evening meal. Being a nosey sod I asked him a few questions ,how he got to this position in life and how long he been on the streets ,the answers were a tragedy. He'd been employed at JD Sports for 4 years on ZERO hour contracts ,no sick pay ,no holiday pay and if he took time ( 1or2 days ) he'd loose a £100 off his pay for not having a 100% attendance record for the month. So he after 4 years working he asked could he be given a full time contract to ease his uncertainty, that was a Wednesday,he was made redundant on the Friday.( shite) so he'd lost his rented accommodation and all that his meagre salary gave him.( that was December 2016)  The other question I asked was "did he have  family "??? yes but his mum lives in a 1 bedroom flat with her new husband,his sister has 4 children and couldn't help and he hadn't spoke to his dad in years in fact didn't know where he was . I did ask about shelters etc but everywhere including the Sally Bash are full ,even in little Rochdale there's no or little room for these homeless people,sound familiar at this time of year .So wishing him all the best for the New Year and drove away , on the way home talking about that guy  my daughter told me of the numbers of homelessness in Manchester. Now at the end of this tale I want to know what the government is doing to rectify this disgrace on the these unfortunate people living rough ,now it's 2018 in a couple of hours and action is needed

January 1, 2018

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Zero hour contracts and the repercussions.

January 1, 2018

A sad tale Bob, but there's always two sides to a story - this lad, of course, is a prime example of a failure in the Zero Hours Contract scene, yet a great many like the concept because of the flexibility it gives them. I do reckon those that do like such a contract are probably NOT dependent on paying a mortgage, rent & other essential outgoings, probably living with their parents. JD Sports were renowned for their lousy industrial relations with their workers - Ashley is the owner, he who is also at the moment holding the very tight purse strings at Newcastle United, failing there too. One homeless guy in Liverpool last week highlighted the fact that only 1 in 4 of those in the area where he was "residing" were really homeless - he said that they collected enough for drink / drugs & said to him "Off home now" ! He was annoyed because they were taking money which otherwise might have been given to him who was genuinely homeless.  Another example in Liverpool was of a former squaddie (1 RTR) who died as a result of the recent bitterly cold weather having been left homeless and begging on the streets for food & shelter. So sad in this day & age, in a country that provides billions in foreign aid, that such cases occur. John (JKW)

January 1, 2018

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Posts: 936
Zero hour contracts and the repercussions.

January 1, 2018

I fully concur with everything in your post John, it is the same where I live. A small percentage of homeless folk are genuinely that, homeless, most are professional beggars, drug addicts or choose to live as they do. The issue is an age old one, the genuinely needy suffer at the hands of the exploiters, the druggies, alcoholics and workshy.  Zero hours contracts were the subject of a Corbyn attack on the Tories some little while ago. It backfired for exactly the reasons you outline, many folk said they liked working on such contracts, some didn’t of course.


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