April 19, 2014
NO ONE WANTS TO BE PAID WHAT THEIR LABOR IS WORTH:
Zero-hours contracts cause shopworkers' misery : Super-flexible working results in financial insecurity for supermarket workers and create potential for abuse by managers (Tracy McVeigh, 4/18/14, The Observer)
The super-flexible working conditions demanded by one of the UK's largest supermarket chains are damaging the mental health of most of its employees, according to a new report from Cambridge University.The report has been submitted to the government's current review of zero-hours contracts being carried out at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The authors say that in the light of their findings, the scope of the review should be widened to include all flexible working, arguing that employees should have the right to have a say in the scheduling of their hours.The research, by Alex Wood and Brendan Burchell from the department of sociology at Cambridge, was based on a year of shop-floor observation, as well as interviews with supermarket workers and union officials. A parallel study at an American supermarket giant by the same team produced similar findings.Burchell said they had chosen not to name the supermarket because similar practices are now widespread across all the major chains.
Just wait until managememnt is on the same contracts.Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2014 7:09 AM