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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 October 2013
Zero-hour contracts can be beaten!
Join the day of action on 5 November
Ian Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs
Jarrow March 2011: Jarrow March for Jobs arrives in London, photo Paul Mattsson (Click to enlarge)
The CBI, the organisation representing Britain's bosses, touts zero-hour contracts as the solution to the youth unemployment crisis.
Enthusiasts such as ex-Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins have revealed what big business is really thinking - if you're sick, pregnant, or disabled, you don't deserve work.
It is no coincidence that unemployment has (according to official statistics) dropped slightly below two and a half million when 5.5 million are employed on zero-hour contracts.
You can be on one of these contracts and receive no hours whatsoever, week after week, but still not be included in the unemployment statistics - it's a dream come true for establishment politicians!
But zero-hour contracts can be beaten - the recent victory of Hovis bakery workers striking against the use of them shows just that.
On 5 November Youth Fight for Jobs, through our initiative, Sick Of Your Boss?, will organise protests, stunts and occupations against Sports Direct and any zero-hour employer that thinks they can get away with giving us nothing. Join us for the next wave of action to reverse the race to the bottom.
See youthfightforjobs.com for details of what's happening near you and reports of campaigning
Are you sick of your boss?
Enough is enough!
- Give us proper contracts, guaranteed hours and full employment rights
- Pay us enough to live
- Give us decent tea and lunch breaks
- Stop the bosses' 'fire at will' attitude
- We have the right to get organised at work
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In The Socialist 30 October 2013:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Trade unions must learn lessons from Grangemouth setback
Ongoing US spying row reveals new tensions between imperialist powers
Stop rip-off energy prices
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Brazil: "Rio, a showcase for the world"
Ireland: Victimising the vulnerable
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Zero-hour contracts can be beaten!
Mental health services - fighting privatisation in Salford
Building the fightback - building the Socialist Party
Support the Socialism 2013 appeal
Socialist Party feature
20 years of privatised train robbery
Socialist Party workplace news
Teachers: no national action this term
University workers fight back
Probation workers strike against privatisation
No offshoring Shared Services!
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party NHS campaigning
Bail out hospitals, not bankers!
Waltham Forest Unison Health meeting
Campaign launched against downbanding in Swindon
Attacks on NHS pay will damage services
Readers' reviews and comments
Sexism in the music industry exposed
TV Review: Brand new revolution?
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