Vince Cable and Zero Hours Contracts (part 1)

I’m just back from a meeting about zero hours contracts with Vince Cable at Methodist Central Hall. In answer to a question about how people on zero hours contracts could enforce their employment rights he answered “talk to your trade union” The very same trade unions that have been criticized today and are being constantly demonised by this Coalition Government. The same unions that aren’t recognised in many workplaces thanks to Thatcherite legislation. The same unions that came into existence over 100 years ago precisely to tackle abuses like “zero hours contracts” and are now left powerless to protect millions of workers thanks to decades of rightwing rhetoric and policy. He went onto say that if that didn’t work you could take matters to a tribunal. For the princely sum of £1000, thanks to this Coalition government.