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09-08-2013

PRESS RELEASE: Young workers protest against zero hour contracts in Dundee

Young workers protest against zero hour contracts in Dundee

[caption id="attachment_812" align="aligncenter" width="559" caption="Youth Fight for Jobs Scotland protest against zero-hour contract Sports Direct on Argyle Street in Glasgow - photo by Matt Dobson"]Youth Fight for Jobs Scotland protest against zero-hour contract Sports Direct on Argyle Street in Glasgow - photo by Matt Dobson[/caption]

The Youth Fight for Jobs Scotland campaign will be campaigning near Sports Direct on Nethergate (Overgate shopping centre) in Dundee city centre on Saturday 10th August from 1:30pm against the use of zero-hour contracts.

This action is promoting the ‘Are you Sick of your Boss?’ campaign in Scotland as part of a UK wide day of action organised by Youth Fight for Jobs.

Wayne Scott, Youth Fight for Jobs Scotland, said:

“Sports Direct have been exposed for their exploitation of low paid workers, who under these contracts [zero-hour] can never be certain of the pay packet they will take home at the end of the week. Are young workers paid enough to put up with being called in at a moment’s notice for a shift one week and then not having enough hours to pay the bills the next? These bosses make millions in profits out of us being ‘flexible’ while workers live at their beck and call and at the mercy of pay day loan companies. Sports Direct, with a super-rich Wonga owner like Mike Ashley, should be paying bonuses to all staff and should be ashamed of its current levels of poverty pay. Under these contracts bosses and managers have a workforce at their mercy who they can hire and drop at will at the minimum cost. The politicians get to claim lower unemployment figures when in reality millions are under-employed. The encroachment of more of the workforce on ‘flexible contracts’ can easily be used to undermine terms and conditions of permanent staff. We demand proper contracts, guaranteed hours and full employment rights for all workers including the right to organise in trade unions. The trade unions need to appeal to young people by getting these exploitative flexible contracts out of workplaces and fighting for a living wage for all!”


Youth Fight for Jobs Scotland is supported by several national trade unions and organised the Scottish March for Jobs and Public Services from Stirling to Glasgow in autumn 2012. We are active in workplaces, communities and education.

youthfightscotland@gmail.com - Youth Fight for Jobs Scotland