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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 May 2014
No support for zero-hour contracts
Young people fighting back
Helen Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs
With zero-hour contracts hitting the headlines again I got a phone call from Sky News asking if I would be interviewed as I used to work on a zero-hour contract.
A car picked me up to take me to the studio. The driver asked why I was going on the TV and we discussed how few opportunities young people have nowadays. He was shocked to hear about zero-hour contracts and thought they were a disgrace.
In the studio the make-up artist talked to me about the barrage of attacks on young people. She thought it was good that young people were standing up to low pay and poor working conditions. We spoke about the 15Now campaign in the US and the strikes by McDonalds workers there.
The taxi driver had waited for me outside and said he thought the interview was good. As he drove me back we discussed the importance of the right to strike and protecting jobs. He said that although his job was impacted by the RMT strike on London Underground he still supported it and we discussed how inaccessible the tube network is for disabled people.
Then the cost of renting a home in London came up. I have been pushed further and further away from central London to find lower rents. His children have struggled just the same.
The only person who didn't seem to think zero-hour contracts were such a bad idea was the interviewer: "Aren't you lucky to have any job at all in these hard times?" Living in uncertainty, unable to afford a decent home isn't 'lucky', it's proof of the failures of this capitalist system and successive governments of austerity.
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In The Socialist 7 May 2014:
Socialist Party election campaigning
Fight cuts, Back strikes, Vote TUSC
More local news coverage for TUSC, but BBC downplays council elections
Join the TUSC Thunderclap
Defend the right to campaign
Why I'm standing for TUSC
Housing crisis: TUSC candidates demand socialist policies
Election appeal 2014 - £4,278 raised so far
Socialist Party feature
Prepare for almighty battles against austerity
International socialist news and analysis
$15: Seattle shows what a movement can achieve
Socialist Party news and analysis
Schools - Would things get better under Labour?
Private sector rents and Labour
Care homes abuse scandals
Pfizer takeover bid
Them & Us
Socialist Party workplace news
RMT forces London Underground to back down
Striking against Land Registry cuts
Care UK workers start 14 days of strike action
CWU conference - time to build Broad Left
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
We can scrap zero-hour contracts
No support for zero-hour contracts
RMT turns out in strength for May Day march
May Day rallies in Swansea and Ipswich
Battling the cuts: when push comes to shove
Freedom riders on a storm
Leeds protest against privatisation of student loans
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