I was asked to sign a petition by change.org regarding zero hour contracts, which I did a while back. The petition's organiser, Steven Daniels, asked signees to share it on Facebook, which I am not on, so I am sticking it here in the hope that someone else hasn't already done so. I have never done a link before and have followed the instructions, so fingers crossed!
I find the whole premise of Zero Hour Contracts deeply unfair and although it's reported it suits a certain percentage of those who are on them to work unguaranteed hours, I would imagine for the vast majority it's a disaster. I don't know how anyone employed in this manner could be expected to live any viable sort of independent life. Like unpaid internships, they seem to presuppose that the individual will be living with their parents who will be prepared to support them indefinitely. I imagine it suits unscrupulous employers very well, I believe the sports shop boss is now a billionaire, I'm not sure how he squares that with his conscience. In the meantime his staff languish on these stingy contracts never knowing how many hours they will be allocated and without the benefit of any holiday or sick pay. Having read about Amazon allegedly electronically tagging their staff so they can monitor their time in the toilet, that together with their dubious tax status has made me want to boycott them. The John Lewis' ideal of treating their staff as partners is one of the things that make them the superb company they are. Unfortunately, we seem to be living in an age where more and more people are expected to work for very little, or for that matter nothing at all. Am I being very naive, or are there other GNs out there who share my concerns?
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