Action against welfare cuts and zero-hours contracts

The Northern Echo: Seasonal Message: Campaigners stage protest at the bus station in Newport Road, Middlesbrough Seasonal Message: Campaigners stage protest at the bus station in Newport Road, Middlesbrough

ANTI-AUSTERITY campaigners across the region staged protests as part of a national day of action against the government’s welfare cuts.

Teesside People’s Assembly supporters gathered in Middlesbrough yesterday (Saturday, December 14) to ask shoppers how they could afford Christmas, while the Durham People’s Assembly held a protest in the city against zero-hours contracts.

At Middlesbrough bus station campaigners wore Christmas jumpers and sang austerity-themed carols.

Teesside activist Barbara Campbell said: “More and more people in our community are struggling to make ends meet and many are being forced into poverty.

"As real wages continue to decline, work becomes increasingly insecure and energy prices become unaffordable, people are being forced into the hands of pay day loan sharks just to meet their everyday needs.”

Durham People’s Assembly Organiser Paul Simpson said: “It’s estimated that nearly a million people in this country are employed on a zero-hours contract, and we think this is completely unacceptable, because zero hours contracts allow employers to escape almost all their obligations other than paying the minimum wage.

“Staff working on zero-hours contracts aren’t entitled to sick pay or holiday pay and in some cases employees are being forced to waive their right, under working time regulations, to work no more than 48 hours a week.

“We believe zero-hours contracts exploit staff, who are often poorly paid in comparison to their colleagues on fixed term or permanent contracts.”

 

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7:31pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Voice-of-reality says...

If they have money to wear fancy dress, they have money to give to others. Clearly, benefits are too high if one has money to buy fancy dress as well as the essentials of life. Benefits are there to support people - not a lifestyle choice.
If they have money to wear fancy dress, they have money to give to others. Clearly, benefits are too high if one has money to buy fancy dress as well as the essentials of life. Benefits are there to support people - not a lifestyle choice. Voice-of-reality

9:39pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Jen204 says...

It's not just people who are on zero hours contracts that can complain about zero hours contracts. Obviously you are not one of them.
You cannot believe that it is okay for people to have their rights taken away from them. Employers do not have to pay National Insurance, which means that many of those on zero hours contracts will not be able to get a full pension when they retire.
Mps are likely to be awarded a payrise of more than the basic annual pension.
I suppose you think that's okay, too!
It's not just people who are on zero hours contracts that can complain about zero hours contracts. Obviously you are not one of them. You cannot believe that it is okay for people to have their rights taken away from them. Employers do not have to pay National Insurance, which means that many of those on zero hours contracts will not be able to get a full pension when they retire. Mps are likely to be awarded a payrise of more than the basic annual pension. I suppose you think that's okay, too! Jen204

11:42pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Mis-Adventure says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
If they have money to wear fancy dress, they have money to give to others. Clearly, benefits are too high if one has money to buy fancy dress as well as the essentials of life. Benefits are there to support people - not a lifestyle choice.
hahahahahahahahahaha
hahahaha
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: If they have money to wear fancy dress, they have money to give to others. Clearly, benefits are too high if one has money to buy fancy dress as well as the essentials of life. Benefits are there to support people - not a lifestyle choice.[/p][/quote]hahahahahahahahahaha hahahaha Mis-Adventure

6:27am Mon 16 Dec 13

zalono says...

Possible to file an ICC complaint against several British Ministers—namely, Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling, and Maria Miller for their role in the draconian welfare reforms and the resultant deaths of our society’s most vulnerable.

http://you.38degrees
.org.uk/petitions/le
tter-to-the-icc-at-t
he-hague-re-mistreat
ment-of-the-disabled
-and-sick?
Possible to file an ICC complaint against several British Ministers—namely, Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling, and Maria Miller for their role in the draconian welfare reforms and the resultant deaths of our society’s most vulnerable. http://you.38degrees .org.uk/petitions/le tter-to-the-icc-at-t he-hague-re-mistreat ment-of-the-disabled -and-sick? zalono

8:03am Mon 16 Dec 13

Jonn says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
If they have money to wear fancy dress, they have money to give to others. Clearly, benefits are too high if one has money to buy fancy dress as well as the essentials of life. Benefits are there to support people - not a lifestyle choice.
Maybe they borrowed the fancy dress, did you think of that? No, your nasty right wing mind immediately makes a bitter and twisted assumption.
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: If they have money to wear fancy dress, they have money to give to others. Clearly, benefits are too high if one has money to buy fancy dress as well as the essentials of life. Benefits are there to support people - not a lifestyle choice.[/p][/quote]Maybe they borrowed the fancy dress, did you think of that? No, your nasty right wing mind immediately makes a bitter and twisted assumption. Jonn

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