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Scrapping zero hours contracts

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NNChangeAgain Thu 01-Sep-16 15:07:52

I have a number of zero hours contracts - I'm classed as a 'worker' for casual work I do.

What's Labours plan for people like me ? I can't be self-employed to do these jobs as the current employment law means I'm classed as a worker - but none of my employers will guarantee my hours and I don't want them too - I want to be able to pick and choose what work I take and when based on my other commitments.

Any ideas? I can't find anything except the headlines at the moment.

cdtaylornats Fri 02-Sep-16 07:46:43

Labour doesn't have a plan for people like you. It is a doctrine response to something unions don't like as zero hour workers tend not to join unions.

To be fair no one else has a plan either.

Muddle2000 Sat 10-Sep-16 20:36:23

Interesting. So do you pay NI and Income tax once you have reached
the thresholds?

NNChangeAgain Sat 10-Sep-16 20:42:24

So do you pay NI and Income tax once you have reached the thresholds?

Course I do! Actually, I tend to overpay tax and get a rebate.

Slarti Thu 15-Sep-16 19:05:42

What was the abolishonist plan for people who treated their slaves well?

Bubblebloodypop Thu 15-Sep-16 19:08:35

It might be worth asking this question on the Jeremy Corbyn Q&A thread? 19th of September I think.

Gmbk Thu 15-Sep-16 19:16:12

I think there are quite a lot of people who are happy on zero hours. Particularly students. I loved mine because it meant I could turn down work in term time but work near fill time in the holidays. Zero hours contracts aren't the mark of a good or bad employer. It totally depends on the nature of the business and what employees want.

SecretSpy Thu 15-Sep-16 19:20:02

Yy not all zero hours workers are being taken advantage of (though I'm sure many are) I'm employed on one, in a professional role, because I need true flexibility with my hours and days. I'm on paye etc, and never pressured to accept work.

I suspect they can't disappear altogether, because many jobs have 'bank' staff in this way.

Essexmum69 Thu 15-Sep-16 20:15:52

It isnt well thought through at all. There are many employers with zero hours/as and when/bank staff for whom this is the right thing for the employer and the employee. Lots of bank nurses for example work on the bank through personal choice not because it is the only job available. The NHS would not survive without them. Just because some firms exploited some staff doesnt mean all of these contracts should be banned. For full time staff and for companies to employ the majority of their staff this way is obviously wrong, but for some people eg students, the semi retired and those just wanting flexability, they are a life style choice that people should be allowed to make.
I currently have 6 staff with "as and when" contracts, all could have permanent contracts if they wish but they choose not to.

SecretSpy Thu 15-Sep-16 21:49:23

Yy both places I work have offered me perm contracts, it's entirely at my request. I do see lots of low paid work misusing it though. It's tricky <splinters>

lovelyupnorth Thu 15-Sep-16 21:55:04

I employ two people on zero hours both retired both happy for me to ring and ask if they can work. Would have to drop the work they do if forced to guarantee hours cause I can't.

DiegeticMuch Sat 24-Sep-16 08:13:57

Nothing intrinsically wrong with zero hours. However, if you're the sole earner in your household, they're pretty bad.

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