Anger as zero hours contract abuse continues
SOME residents in Skegness are being 'abused' by zero-hour contracts it has been claimed.
Skegness Town Council has agreed to send letters lobbying East Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council and calling on the Government to bring in appropriate legislation to tackle the issue.
Putting forward a motion against the 'widespread usage of zero or very low hours' at last week's full council meeting, Councillor Phil Kemp said: "The problem I have is that people are being exploited for nothing. It's our town that's suffering, our residents are being abused. Our residents deserve better.
"If our employers cannot employ our townspeople in a proper manner then quite frankly, do we need them in a lot of respects?"
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Councillor Steve Kirk supported the motion, adding the problem was many people were regularly working 30 hours on a zero-hour contact but would have problems if they wanted to get a mortgage.
He said: "You have the right to a proper contract, even if it is for lower hours. It's becoming common practice now to put people on zero hours."
However not everyone fully supported the motion with Councillor Carl Macey saying some workers, particularly students, were happy to work whatever hours they can get.
Councillor Steve O'Dare explained that a Private Members' Bill was due to go for a second reading in Parliament in January 2014.
He said: "The problem with zero hour contracts is not that people are on them but that a lot of people don't realise they are on them."
Councillor Mark Anderson added: "The problem in a town like Skegness is the Department for Work and Pensions is pushing people into work and they are ending up on zero house contracts and it puts their families at risk. In my view it's totally wrong."
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