ZERO-HOURS contracts are the “bane of the country,” the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) conference heard yesterday.
A delegate spoke of his heartbreak over witnessing his daughter ring her boss every day to see if there were shifts available only to be denied and then called in at the last minute.
“I watched my daughter for almost two years pick her phone up and call in almost every day begging for work. I saw her friends begging for work,” he said.
“This country, in my opinion, has gone to the dogs over zero-hour contracts.
“They are the bane of this country.”
He said it was “absolutely imperative” that the contracts were avoided if possible and for members to fight for more secure work conditions and a minimum of £10 per hour pay.
Another delegate added: “You should be able to get enough hours at decent pay to be able to independently sustain your life.”