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    Following the appearance of Mike Ashley before one of the committees of the House, can I ask the views of the Government on restricting zero hours contracts.
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    Following the appearance of Mike Ashley before one of the committees of the House, can I ask the views of the Government on restricting zero hours contracts.
    I see no issue of zero hours contracts as an idea, they help increase labour productivity as well as provide flexibility for employees and employers.

    The issue that i have surrounds the practicalities for those working on them, as such i will be looking into providing greater protections for workers on ZHCs and looking into all else regarding things like holiday and maternity pay with which a ZHC can be a large burden on people.

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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    Following the appearance of Mike Ashley before one of the committees of the House, can I ask the views of the Government on restricting zero hours contracts.
    Will you be making a motion on the topic?
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    Following the appearance of Mike Ashley before one of the committees of the House, can I ask the views of the Government on restricting zero hours contracts.
    Do note that ZHCs are now effectively regulated due to excellent Socialist legislation.
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    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    Will you be making a motion on the topic?
    (Original post by TheDefiniteArticle)
    Do note that ZHCs are now effectively regulated due to excellent Socialist legislation.
    I was thinking of a Bill. Which piece of legislation effectively makes it effectively regulated?
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    I was thinking of a Bill. Which piece of legislation effectively makes it effectively regulated?
    Payment of Overtime on Low-Hours Employment Contracts Act. Leaves it to the free market after reallocating some bargaining power to allow employees to not be dominated by employers.
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    (Original post by TheDefiniteArticle)
    Payment of Overtime on Low-Hours Employment Contracts Act. Leaves it to the free market after reallocating some bargaining power to allow employees to not be dominated by employers.
    As I interpret it, this effectively means that the wage under a zero hours contract is higher than the minimum wage- about £12 per hour if my maths is correct. Makes it better in some cases to guarantee a small amount perhaps, but not a minimum of say 7 hours a week. Contracted hours could still be an amount per year, for example.
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    joecphillips has become the new Secretary of State for Health.
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    As I interpret it, this effectively means that the wage under a zero hours contract is higher than the minimum wage- about £12 per hour if my maths is correct. Makes it better in some cases to guarantee a small amount perhaps, but not a minimum of say 7 hours a week. Contracted hours could still be an amount per year, for example.
    I feel like the increased wages on ZHC's means companies are less likely to opt for ZHC's and instead offer fixed hour contracts. Basically it is limiting the use of ZHC's to where they are truly needed rather than outright banning them.

    I'm personally a bit uncomfortable setting a minimum numbers of hours because whatever you choose is going to be arbitrary and there will be calls to increase it. 7 hours a week isn't exactly enough to live off either.

    In terms of it being a minimum amount of hours per month/year rather than per week, whilst yes it would provide some assurances that they will get hours eventually, it does little to help those who have no savings and so must live off their wage week to week. Perhaps there could be a system where there is a minimum number of hours per month but the employee gets paid a fixed minimum amount weekly whether or not they actually work that week. And then of course any additional hours they do above the minimum they get paid when that happens.

    So for example, take someone who is on a minimum 30 hour per month contract, on £10 an hour (so a minimum of £300 a month, £75 a week).
    Week 1: works 0 hours, gets paid the minimum £75
    Week 2: works 0 hours, gets paid the minimum £75
    Week 3: works 20 hours, gets paid the minimum £75
    Week 4: works 20 hours, gets paid the minimum £75, plus £100 for the extra 10 hours done that month.

    Such a system would allow businesses to maintain some flexibility but also offer some security to the employees. TheDefiniteArticle thoughts?
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    (Original post by cBay)
    I feel like the increased wages on ZHC's means companies are less likely to opt for ZHC's and instead offer fixed hour contracts. Basically it is limiting the use of ZHC's to where they are truly needed rather than outright banning them.

    I'm personally a bit uncomfortable setting a minimum numbers of hours because whatever you choose is going to be arbitrary and there will be calls to increase it. 7 hours a week isn't exactly enough to live off either.

    In terms of it being a minimum amount of hours per month/year rather than per week, whilst yes it would provide some assurances that they will get hours eventually, it does little to help those who have no savings and so must live off their wage week to week. Perhaps there could be a system where there is a minimum number of hours per month but the employee gets paid a fixed minimum amount weekly whether or not they actually work that week. And then of course any additional hours they do above the minimum they get paid when that happens.

    So for example, take someone who is on a minimum 30 hour per month contract, on £10 an hour (so a minimum of £300 a month, £75 a week).
    Week 1: works 0 hours, gets paid the minimum £75
    Week 2: works 0 hours, gets paid the minimum £75
    Week 3: works 20 hours, gets paid the minimum £75
    Week 4: works 20 hours, gets paid the minimum £75, plus £100 for the extra 10 hours done that month.

    Such a system would allow businesses to maintain some flexibility but also offer some security to the employees. TheDefiniteArticle thoughts?
    This is 100% accurate. I feel there is no longer anything exploitative about ZHCs in TSR-land.
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    How does the Government feel that they were one vote away from being dissolved? Will this impact on the position you take going forward, knowing just under half the house has no confidence in the positions you have taken so far this term.
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    (Original post by Kay_Winters)
    How does the Government feel that they were one vote away from being dissolved? Will this impact on the position you take going forward, knowing just under half the house has no confidence in the positions you have taken so far this term.
    Hear, hear. Even with the amended result, it is still very close and a large amount of people clearly have no confidence in the Government. I'm concerned that they will not improve their act.
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    Congratulations to the government and particularly the Prime Minister hanging on. When will there next be a PMQs so his government's inadequacies can be challenged in that less heated and more civilised process?
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    (Original post by Kay_Winters)
    How does the Government feel that they were one vote away from being dissolved? Will this impact on the position you take going forward, knowing just under half the house has no confidence in the positions you have taken so far this term.
    Four votes, actually. Obviously, the very existence of the MoNC will impact our output. You want more bills and I trust we'll be able to deliver them.

    (Original post by Quamquam123)
    Hear, hear. Even with the amended result, it is still very close and a large amount of people clearly have no confidence in the Government. I'm concerned that they will not improve their act.
    Your plan didn't work out, now STFU. The previous Labour-led government managed to defend against an MoNC by two votes and then spent the next two months doing more or less the same.

    (Original post by RayApparently)
    Congratulations to the government and particularly the Prime Minister hanging on. When will there next be a PMQs so his government's inadequacies can be challenged in that less heated and more civilised process?
    Thank you, now the ‘real’ work begins. The next PMQ are scheduled for Saturday evening.
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    (Original post by Life_peer)
    Your plan didn't work out, now STFU. The previous Labour-led government managed to defend against an MoNC by two votes and then spent the next two months doing more or less the same.
    The previous Labour-led government was beautiful. :P I see no reason to try and re-write history to get away from that.

    Thank you, now the ‘real’ work begins. The next PMQ are scheduled for Saturday evening.
    That's agreeable, thank you.
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    (Original post by Life_peer)
    Four votes, actually. Obviously, the very existence of the MoNC will impact our output. You want more bills and I trust we'll be able to deliver them.
    QQ posted correcting me before I noticed the amended results. I look forward to your increased output, and I hope some of it comes under my shadow remit.
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    Mr Speaker,

    Would the rt hon member who deals with devolved issues jamestg I believe, comment on his thoughts on a second referendum in Scotland for independence as suggested by Nicola Sturgeon, or a referendum within Northern Ireland on the issue of a united Ireland?

    I understand these may not be the most important issues to the govt at this stage, but what are their thoughts on the long term plan
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    (Original post by adam9317)
    Mr Speaker,

    Would the rt hon member who deals with devolved issues jamestg I believe, comment on his thoughts on a second referendum in Scotland for independence as suggested by Nicola Sturgeon, or a referendum within Northern Ireland on the issue of a united Ireland?

    I understand these may not be the most important issues to the govt at this stage, but what are their thoughts on the long term plan
    We do not have a federal system of government, there is no 'Scottish vote' and so the way Scotland has voted is of no greater significance than the way the UK has voted overall. All of the votes were equal.

    No matter which side of the EU debate people are on, the magnitude of the change and uncertainty is unfathomable. The prospect of two referendums, which both will be of extremely high stakes, will further contribute to this uncertainty. Further disunity and uncertainty will not be beneficial for any party. What we need is the UK to come back together and move forward, to what I hope to be, an extremely bright and prosperous future.
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    (Original post by jamestg)
    We do not have a federal system of government, there is no 'Scottish vote' and so the way Scotland has voted is of no greater significance than the way the UK has voted overall. All of the votes were equal.

    No matter which side of the EU debate people are on, the magnitude of the change and uncertainty is unfathomable. The prospect of two referendums, which both will be of extremely high stakes, will further contribute to this uncertainty. Further disunity and uncertainty will not be beneficial for any party. What we need is the UK to come back together and move forward, to what I hope to be, an extremely bright and prosperous future.
    Hear Hear. We need to ensure the United Kingdom is surely united.

    The UK can lead to great prosperity as one outside of the EU
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    (Original post by adam9317)
    Mr Speaker,

    Would the rt hon member who deals with devolved issues jamestg I believe, comment on his thoughts on a second referendum in Scotland for independence as suggested by Nicola Sturgeon, or a referendum within Northern Ireland on the issue of a united Ireland?

    I understand these may not be the most important issues to the govt at this stage, but what are their thoughts on the long term plan
    Arguably this is irrelevant as it isn't canon

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