Improved working conditions

There should be a wider look at working conditions and contracts in general. This is not only zero-hour contracts, but contracts in general, such as short-term contracts.

Short-term working breeds insecurity and the inability to secure credit. Zero-hour contracts are bad for those with childcare responsibilities as you can be called into work at a minute’s notice and you don’t know from week to week how much money you’re going to earn to pay for it.

However, they can work if consensual or for seasonal workers, for example. Bank nurses and supply teachers are examples where people take control of the hours they work using flexible arrangements.

We also need to look at the corporate sector and people at the top and how they operate. We need to deal with both ends of the spectrum, not just zero hours at the bottom.

Lots of employers are reducing the entitlements that people have. People continue to work in poor health. This leads to poorer performance which leads to disciplinary action in dealing with what started out as a health problem.

Wages and conditions in social care have worsened. Retention rates are terrible and it is the wages and the conditions. People are working with people with very complex needs and getting paid very little.

The long–term is worrying with an ageing population. If we want to look after people in their own homes, there is a cost and we either want to pay it or we don’t.

Childcare has the same issues - paying people low wages for important jobs.

We need to make these jobs attractive to encourage people in. There is a requirement on staff in social care to do SVQs but they don’t receive any remuneration because of it.

There is often no understanding on the part of employers of what contributes to wellbeing in the work place.


Why the contribution is important

This is important because people are suffering real hardship and exclusion as a result.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 30, 2015 at 02:45PM

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  • Posted by chalky November 13, 2015 at 12:07

    l have just gone through a constructive dissmisal forced out and whats worse that bca instalations in shotts ware i was employed done the grants on houses we should get rid of these sweat boxes with conditions poor and health saftey a joke so why is the scottish government still giving work to these companys
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