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    The Labour Party both leadership candidates want zer hour contracts banned. What is your opinion.

    My opinion is some people (especially students) want to work with ability to have certain weeks of without using holiday pay for instance a parent who want a school half term off.
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    Nope. I have a zero hours contract for a job which is basically a hobby, so I can just dip in and out as I please
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    If people want a job to live, pay bills etc stop getting zero hour contract jobs and improve your CV
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    I don't think they should be banned but I hate them. I've had one shift in two weeks and only have one shift next week.
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    Seems OTT to ban them albeit possibility slight regulation on what % of roles can be zero hour for companies, since having a ton of 0 hour workers on their books and no full time staff seems to be taking advantage of the situation.
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    Absolutely. All workers should have a guaranteed minimum number of hours if they want it and be entitled to holiday and sick pay.

    That way students could still happily be on such a contract.

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    (Original post by Bornblue)
    Absolutely. All workers should have a guaranteed minimum number of hours if they want it and be entitled to holiday and sick pay.

    That way students could still happily be on such a contract.

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    It should be optional not forced
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    There should be an option for a zero hour contract for those who want them (students etc) but many people actually need regular, shifted work to help them live and feed their families
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    There should be an option for a zero hour contract for those who want them (students etc) but many people actually need regular, shifted work to help them live and feed their families
    Exactly
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    There's no one size fits all for this as some places can't guarantee work all the time.

    The issue I have with them is that people have to be available at set times whether they get given any hours or not and can't work for others during that time.
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    Why on earth should they be banned? If you don't like zero hour contracts don't sign one


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    No but they need to be more flexible
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    (Original post by Serine Soul)
    There should be an option for a zero hour contract for those who want them (students etc) but many people actually need regular, shifted work to help them live and feed their families
    Zero hour contracts aren't exactly intended for people trying to earn a living wage. They're there as flexible, uncommitted employment options.

    Plus many employers can't afford to hire people on anything other than a zero hour contract. If zero hour contracts were banned, it would probably result in more people with no contracts at all.
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    Even though most on zero-hour contracts prefer them as they suit their needs, hence why they obtained them in the first place and to ban them would likely lead to the unemployment of nearly everyone on them?*

    SJWs, clueless and detached from reality as always....*
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    This is a far more complex debate than one where you pitch stability and predictability versus flexibility.

    It's evident that larger firms (SportsDirect!) can hire people are marginally higher wages and costs with the only compromise being on their profit margin. This is worsened by the fact that demand at stores like these only fluctuates at a couple points in the year (Boxing Day is one of them), meaning that the firm is not really taking advantage of the flexibility such labour provides.

    That's not to forget the fact that unskilled workers are forced into ZH contracts because there's literally nothing else they can do - apprenticeships require you to pay for them or do not give you money for working, and education is something that they most probably found that they weren't good enough at when they were forced down this route in the first place. Saying they have a "choice" is silly.

    On the other hand, you get mom-and-pop shops that couldn't afford to cover sick pay or a regular wage contract because of uncertainty over demand, where a repeal of ZH contracts would most probably lead to fewer employees being employed. The non-employment of these people has obvious costs for the government and the local community.

    I'd suggest an intermediate option, where ZH contracts are banned by default unless the firm can prove that it's hiring students/young people who need and prefer flexible hours, that having to paid full-time staff would result in it becoming unprofitable, or that demand fluctuates so widely that it has to hire/fire people freely (as seen in ski shops, Santa's grotto, fruit picking and various other seasonal activities)

    The above is not an ideal solution (How unprofitable do you need to be before you shut down? How do you judge the degree of one's need?), but I can't think of a better one atm.
 
 
 
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