July 3rd: FOWC with Fandango — Contract

Beware what you sign………………..

My previous post mentions contacts, but I was already working on that so it doesn’t count.
However, there are contracts for work, a contract for utility bills, contracts for phone, and loans to buy our homes, a car, or our next holiday.
Sign on the dotted line, but did you bother to read the small print?

It’s the zero hour contracts that get me, and as far as I know, our leaders haven’t done much to quash them apart from talk about it. Those on them are considered to be employed, and thus don’t qualify for benefits, even if they work ZERO hours and get paid absolutely nothing by their ’employer’. They are also unable to work for anyone else for fear of breach of contract.

Hubby was working security on the port when some big wig firm undercut his boss and he lost the contract for the job.
Those employed were invited to join the new company of course. There were catches like payment for new uniforms being deducted from wages, shifts could not be guaranteed, and zero hour contracts were the norm. Some signed up, most to their regret.

The port authority got caught though, as what was covered in the contract they accepted was not what was delivered by Hubby’s boss. By the time they’d added on the ‘extra services’ to come in line with what they were expecting, costs added a further 50% to the bill and were now well in excess of the rejected quote.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to July 3rd: FOWC with Fandango — Contract

  1. I’ve never heard of these zero hour contracts. I’m going to have to look into them (that’s the lawyer in me curious about them).

    • Basically you’re signed on with an employer who cannot guarantee you work but only pays you for any hours you actually do work.

      • And it’s a contract? That’s interesting. We have very few actual employment contracts here. Most people are at-will employees and thus can be let go (or leave on their own) at any time.

      • yep, and if you’re signed on with one employer under a zero hour contract, you can’t sign on with anyone else. That’s why TPTB need to stamp them out as you are considered to be employed and thus not eligible for state help/unemployment benefit.

  2. I’m SO glad to be retired. Even being poor is better than working.

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