Published On: Wed, Aug 27th, 2014 on 1:30 pm

Protests to be held across West Yorkshire over zero hour contracts

 

Youth Fight For Jobs

Protests are soon to be held across the West Yorkshire region over low pay and zero hour contracts.

As part of a Fast Food Right campaign initiated by the Baker’s, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), protests will be taking place in Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Pontefract, and Wakefield on 28 August.

Protesters will leafleting people about the campaign and informing them of their rights at work, including zero hour contracts.

Zero hour contracts normally mean there is no obligation for employers to offer work, or for workers to accept it, and most will give staff ‘worker’ employment status.

Workers have no guaranteed hours and are not entitled to holiday pay.

People will also talk about working conditions in the fast food industry and hear speeches from activists.

The protests will be organised by Youth Fight for Jobs & Education (YFJ), which was launched in 2009 by young workers, students and unemployed youth to campaign for a future for young people of either a real job, quality training or free education.

It is supported by seven national trade unions, PCS, RMT, UCU, CWU, TSSA, UNITE and BECTU and many individual trade union branches.

Iain Dalton, Yorkshire Organiser for Youth Fight for Jobs, said: “We don’t just want to bring to public attention the plight of zero hour contracts and low pay that fast food workers endure, but also offer a way to fight back against this.

“For far too many people, particularly young people, the only work that is available are casualised jobs where you don’t know whether you’ll have enough to live off each week. Many of the companies engaging in these practices are hugely profitable – McDonalds made £3.3bn worldwide last year.”

The UK government has recently asked unions, as well as businesses, to help close any loopholes in plans to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “We are looking closely at any potential loopholes that could arise from a ban, to ensure that these are closed off and no one can get round the new law. We are also ensuring there is access to justice for workers treated unfairly.”

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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