When is the Labour Party going to stand up & oppose zero hours contracts, blacklisting, pay cuts, Beecroft hire & fire?

The finding that more than a million British workers (not 200,000 as earlier claimed) are employed on zero hours contracts tells you half of what you need to know about market fundamentalism in Britain today.   The other half is that there are now 2,436 bankers in the City of London taking home more than €1 million a year, that is £15,723 a week, and their bonuses are now rising again.   The first group have no guarantee of work or pay, often get no holiday or sick pay, and to cap it all have to ask permission before trying to get additional work elsewhere (even though if they don’t get additional pay they could be sanctioned by DWP).   The second group nearly crashed the world economy, have not been held to account, and now think they have a right to return to business-as- usual as though nothing’s happened.   Welcome to Osborne’s equal opportunities Britain.

But why stop at zero hours contracts?   They haven’t.   They’ve forced up to 1.6 million severely disabled persons to sign up for work they cannot possibly get and through a farcical work capability assessment deemed people fit for work and therefore liable to be deprived of benefit.  Maybe if they win the election it’ll be the introduction of child labour next.   Profits are now at an all-time high and wages are at their lowest ebb for 50 years, with a 9% fall in real terms since the crash and the longest period of decline in average wages for a century, even exceeding the wage squeeze in the 1930s.   Yet there seems no end to the Tories’ victimisation of the lowest paid, with the Tory party chairman Grant Shapps pledging last week to make it easier to hire and fire rather than, as at present, having to rely on ‘disingenuous reasons’ to get rid of staff.

Will the Labour party declare it’s opposed to zero hours contracts and will end them?    Will it show it’s opposed to blacklisting by making it an imprisonable offence, prosecuting the 44 companies who indulged in it if convicted, and making it sure that all the 3,213 building workers secretly subject to blacklisting are informed of the cause of their up to 20 years’ joblessness and fully compensated?   Will it say loud and clear that a decade of pay cuts for those on the lowest incomes is flagrantly unjust when the 0.01% richest have not only not paid any price, but have seen their wealth continue to grow untouched?

 

6 thoughts on “When is the Labour Party going to stand up & oppose zero hours contracts, blacklisting, pay cuts, Beecroft hire & fire?

  1. I’m not sure the Labour Party leadership undestands the question, let alone the amswer.

  2. The answer is NO. The Labour party will do no such thing because the Labour leadership is a Tory leadership in disguise.

  3. Hi,

    And when will the Labour Party demand that the public subsidy of the private estates of the 1% and the domination of the CAP debate via the corporate/agricultural interests in the Houses of Parliament is ended. It is time to cap the state “benefits” of Ian Duncan Smith MP and restructure agriculture to facilitate young and small entrants; I suggest 25 grand ie median income maximum unless public access and full control granted to an organisation such as NT or RSPB to manage.

  4. Here’s a comment by someone responding to my Vox Political article about David Gauke’s attack on Labour. I’m posting it here in the hope that Ed and the other members of the Labour leadership will see it, as it is indicative of the strength of feeling among Labour members and supporters at the moment. Here it is:

    “Miliband, Balls and Byrne have shown themselves unfit to lead a party that supports the working classes.

    By abstaining on the Welfare reform Bill (you know, that one that deprived thousands of their benefits by illegal government actions) and spouting “the country cannot afford it” parrotting the Tories justification.

    “By remaining virtually silent on all the spin and lies produced by IDS and co and then, to cap it all, saying they would continue with the Tory cuts were they to win the next election (in their dreams) they have shown who’s side they are really on.

    “By turning on the very people who finance them, the unions, they can never represent union members ever again.

    “By allowing the savage cuts to disabled and sick peoples benefits and watching them die without a murmur they are equally as guilty as the Tories.

    “As long as this kind of people are in the Labour party, never mind leading it, the party can never be trusted to represent the working classes.

    “I shouldn’t need to remind you that “new labour” undid nothing that the Thatcher years brought us, anti union laws, privatisation, right to buy etc, Oh sorry yes they did, they undid our EU rebate cutting it in half. So there is no question of them reversing any of these policies, after all they have the perfect scapegoat.

    “Yes they may have whispered some objections during debates, may have even forced some very minor amendments, but the one thing they have not done is be very public or vocal in protecting those they are paid to protect.”

    The saddest part of all this is, we voice our objections and get no response. Apparently he’s got a circle of confidantes around him who manage to deflect any and all useful ideas away from the leader. Whose side are THEY on?

  5. A recent poll showed that 48% of the people polled blamed Labour for the mess that the country is in. There is a deafening silence coming from New Labour and if someone does not stand up and fight for the working class then we will get another 5 years of Tory rule.

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