Join a union

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Join a union

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A MILLION new jobs, zero-hours contracts. How is that a job? How can people plan their future and get a mortgage?

The sea washes away the railway at Dawlish and the taxpayer has to pay the private rail companies millions a week while it is out of commission. All car and commercial drivers pay road tax; can we claim when a road is flooded or closed for another reason?

During the Labour years the working class made a living; the upper classes took millions out of the system.

Now the cost of living is devastating the working class while the upper classes still take millions.

The Tories attack trade unions with six million members, many more than all the political parties put together.

I call on all working-class people to join a trade union before it is too late, because the Labour party has deserted you; they stand by while the rich get richer by taking the taxes we pay for services and hand them to private companies to take profits.

Barclays Bank: £2.4 billion bonuses; 12,000 redundancies. We should be ashamed of ourselves as a society.

P Lovering, Ullswater, Woodthorpe, York.

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7:22pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

I was about to say "but Labour had 13 years to reverse Tory policies and they didn't" then I read the rest of the letter so I am in full agreement. Trouble is I am not sure how much influence the unions can wield when all 3 main political parties are various shades of blue and when a zero hours contract is still legally enforceable?
I was about to say "but Labour had 13 years to reverse Tory policies and they didn't" then I read the rest of the letter so I am in full agreement. Trouble is I am not sure how much influence the unions can wield when all 3 main political parties are various shades of blue and when a zero hours contract is still legally enforceable? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 7

7:26am Tue 18 Feb 14

roy_batty says...

Pete is right about the labour party, they are a bunch of phonies,DO NOT VOTE FOR HUGH BAYLEY!! he is a phoney, he as done nothing for the blue collar workers of York! and kick out Alexander and the rest of these numpties at the next election's their only interest is tourism , the streets are a disgrace under them!
Pete is right about the labour party, they are a bunch of phonies,DO NOT VOTE FOR HUGH BAYLEY!! he is a phoney, he as done nothing for the blue collar workers of York! and kick out Alexander and the rest of these numpties at the next election's their only interest is tourism , the streets are a disgrace under them! roy_batty
  • Score: 7

9:44am Tue 18 Feb 14

greenmonkey says...

Journalists at press are on strike today to oppose plans to move sub editing jobs to Wales! Wont know difference between Acomb and Acaster never mind reflect local opinion.
Journalists at press are on strike today to oppose plans to move sub editing jobs to Wales! Wont know difference between Acomb and Acaster never mind reflect local opinion. greenmonkey
  • Score: 8

6:10pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Thecynic says...

These zero hours contracts are a joke, and an easy and convenient way to manipulate figures.
Take this scenario as an example: I own a small shop in a street where 100 people are unemployed and are claiming JSA.

At any one time I need 2 people in my shop to serve customers, in theory I can offer all 100 unemployed people in my street a 'job'.
Each person may only get to work 1 hour per week? but they still have a 'job' as far as national unemployment statistics go.

None of these people, (once they have accepted the job) are able to resign and go back to claiming JSA, as they will be subject to sanctions.

So now, in effect, my street has zero rate of unemployment. But sense tells us that that is not the case, each of these 'employed' people won't lose out, because benefits will 'top up' their income. But it just goes to show how farcical this system is, it needs a radical overhaul.

Of course the sceptics here would say, 'yes but no-one is going to accept only 1 hour of work per week' and you'd probably be right, but what if I, as the employer, said to them that it was for 10 hours per week? and then after the first week I reduced it to 1 hour per week?
At that rate I could employ all 100 people at a rate of ten a week over a ten week period, and the end result would be exactly the same.

They couldn't do a thing about it, and they couldn't leave. But the unemployment figures would look great!
These zero hours contracts are a joke, and an easy and convenient way to manipulate figures. Take this scenario as an example: I own a small shop in a street where 100 people are unemployed and are claiming JSA. At any one time I need 2 people in my shop to serve customers, in theory I can offer all 100 unemployed people in my street a 'job'. Each person may only get to work 1 hour per week? but they still have a 'job' as far as national unemployment statistics go. None of these people, (once they have accepted the job) are able to resign and go back to claiming JSA, as they will be subject to sanctions. So now, in effect, my street has zero rate of unemployment. But sense tells us that that is not the case, each of these 'employed' people won't lose out, because benefits will 'top up' their income. But it just goes to show how farcical this system is, it needs a radical overhaul. Of course the sceptics here would say, 'yes but no-one is going to accept only 1 hour of work per week' and you'd probably be right, but what if I, as the employer, said to them that it was for 10 hours per week? and then after the first week I reduced it to 1 hour per week? At that rate I could employ all 100 people at a rate of ten a week over a ten week period, and the end result would be exactly the same. They couldn't do a thing about it, and they couldn't leave. But the unemployment figures would look great! Thecynic
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