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McDonald's Ties Nine Out of 10 Workers to Zero-Hours Contracts

Business  (tags: McDonald's, Subway, UK, revelations, zero-hours contracts, Labour Party, MPs, campaign, guarantee, working hours, abolish 0-hrs, Institute of Directors, flexible labour market, economy, unemployment, Italy, Spain )

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UK's biggest food chain's admitted 90% of workforce/82,800 staff on controversial contracts that've been criticised because no guarantee of regular work & no stability of income offered. Employers body of 38,000 directors claims economy needs flexibility


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Jim Phillips (3247)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:31 am
With the low wages per hour, biggest zero-hours contract, it would seem prudent to not visit nor purchase any of McDonald's fast (crappy) food? products. Just simply do not patronize McDonald's and other fast food stores. Those foods? are not healthy for consumption.

Ty, Lucy.

Nancy M (147)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:33 am
I have a niece who found herself in quite a predicament, with two kids. While she did get hours, they were not regular. overnight shift one day, off for three, back on evening shift till midnight then expected to be back in at 5 am. Night mare. But what is worse- you cannot get daycare with hours like that.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 6:45 pm
They really don't care if an employee can have a life or even survive at all on these hours that vary from week to week. My daughters friend, who works at McDonalds is asked to come in only over the busy times, like lunch for a couple hours, it hardly pays the gas to drive there. She quit as it simply wasn't worth it when the money went to expenses just to drive there.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:20 pm
There are many businesses who limit the hours and fix the schedules, they just play with you. nothing is ever the same you can't count on having babysitter's till the last minute. They don't schedule you just call you in to work. By you speaking up for anything they punish you in any way they can, then deny it. They know there is always someone else ready to be hired. You are gone. What businesses! Idiot managers. No breaks or lunches but they eat!! A good manager should look out for their worker's! Always more productivity here when they are cared for.
Thank You

Vicky P (476)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 9:43 pm
they only care about their profits

LucyKaleido S (82)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 2:01 am
Well, Bill & Katie, I agree with you that a good manager looks out for his workers, but often a manager's job consists in getting the workers to comply with what his hierarchy are demanding; and if his loyalty to the workers is greater than his loyalty & adherence to company policy, he will not last long as a manager: he'll either get sacked or else be sent to 'Siberia' & never get another promotion!

And, Dandelion, the situation you describe is really awful. How can people budget at all if they never know how much they'll be working or how much they'll be earning?

Like Nancy says, how can you schedule daycare for your kids? How can you maintain your health, finishing up at midnight & starting again at 5 am: that's simply outrageous!

Does your comment mean that McDo ties employees to zero-hours contracts in the States, too?

Since, as Vicky rightly says, they only care about their profits, then it's up to each nation & each state in the US to have strong labor laws that require companies to specify at least a minimum n of hours/month or -as the British Labour Party members of Parliament named in the article are campaigning to do- OUTLAW & ABOLISH these zero-hrs contracts!

Roger G (148)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 3:01 pm
noted, thanks

Danuta W (1251)
Friday August 9, 2013, 9:34 am

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday August 10, 2013, 4:32 pm
Many employers are hiring people for as little hours as possible over here. Few are guarantee any type of hours per week or a set time frame or day in which they work. The employer is asking for you to be available 24/7 yet most likely you'll get no more than 28 hours of work if that at minimum wage. Is hard to get a second job when you never know what hours the first job will require you to work as one only has a week notice of a new work weeks hours and days. If you fail to show up, you loose the job. McDonalds allows only 3 days of a missed work day no matter what the reason.

Sheila D (194)
Monday August 12, 2013, 1:11 am
Haven't been to Mickey Ds for years now..don't miss it. Noted with thanks.

LucyKaleido S (82)
Monday August 12, 2013, 5:18 am
Long ago, in 1999, Naomi Klein's book 'No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies' came out, and as a result she came to be considered the intellectual leader of the alter-globalization movement.

I only became aware of the book much later, maybe around 2004, not too long after getting a computer & starting to improve my awareness of things via Internet. Thus, it was the first time that I read about the transformations taking place in the US economy, in terms of the kinds of jobs being offered: the McDo & Walmart jobs that she pointed out were once considered the typical, approprate type of jobs for students working their way through college & university had become the main type of work available on the US job market. It was the first time I read about the take-over of public space & the public sphere by the big corporations, their pervasiveness everywhere from public recreational areas -parks & basketball courts- to school lunch rooms. Having lived out of the country for so many years, I was unaware & then appalled at where society was going.

The trends she identified & explained in No Logo have really taken root, & perhaps even intensified. Better reasons to support and participate in the anti-globalization movement, the World Social Forums & 99% have never existed.
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