YOUR MP WRITES: Newport East MP Jessica Morden

LAST week, in a Welsh debate in Parliament, I had the chance to talk about what life is like for constituents on zero hours contracts.

Unison’s definition of zero hours contracts is “where a person typically undertakes to be available for work but the employer does not undertake to provide any work and only pays for the hours worked”. It is estimated around 75,000 workers in Wales are being employed in this way.

While for some people this kind of work arrangement is convenient as they want to work flexibly, others find themselves trapped.

For example, the constituents who talked to me about how difficult it is to provide for their families when some weeks they may be offered 18 hours work yet other weeks get nothing. Especially when they have the struggle of trying to find childcare when work is offered at very short notice, and being afraid of having to turn the shift down and not being offered future shifts. Yet they have to be available exclusively to that employer with no other options.

We all welcome the news that unemployment is falling in Wales and it goes without saying that we all want growth in the economy and more people to get into good employment. Good being the operative word.

The Coalition claim that more people are in work masks the reality of the job market for many I speak to.

There’s been a rise in people working part-time because they can’t find full time work and a higher proportion of minimum wage jobs in Wales. Last week we heard that there is a rise in workers turning to self-employment out of desperation not choice, and finding themselves earning on average 40% less than a typical employee.

The Labour Party has made it clear that if we get into government we will ban exploitative zero hours contracts, and stop employers using these contracts for jobs with regular hours. We would also stop employers requiring zero hours workers to be available on the off chance they might be needed, or to work exclusively for them.

Thank you to all of you who have responded to my request for information about how the Stagecoach bus route cuts will affect you. John Griffiths AM and I are continuing to press these issues and have a meeting with Stagecoach next week. Your views are welcome at jessica.morden.mp@parliament.uk

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4:19pm Mon 12 May 14

Votefornoneoftheabove says...

Jessica, I cannot believe what you have said, stop employers using zero hours contracts.

Have you not realised that these contracts only started being used at the same time your Ex Boss Tony Blair opened the borders to everyone.

Whilst I agree with what you are saying (no one should be exploited) you have to realise that with Labour opening the borders to Polish, Slovakian workers and so on employers exploited the situation.

At least admit the Labour party got it wrong on immigration first before shouting out about something your party helped to create!

And before I go how long have you been in Paul Flynn's seat? I thought that you were on my side of the bridge representing Newport East. Has Paul Flynn stepped down to join the House Of Lords?
Jessica, I cannot believe what you have said, stop employers using zero hours contracts. Have you not realised that these contracts only started being used at the same time your Ex Boss Tony Blair opened the borders to everyone. Whilst I agree with what you are saying (no one should be exploited) you have to realise that with Labour opening the borders to Polish, Slovakian workers and so on employers exploited the situation. At least admit the Labour party got it wrong on immigration first before shouting out about something your party helped to create! And before I go how long have you been in Paul Flynn's seat? I thought that you were on my side of the bridge representing Newport East. Has Paul Flynn stepped down to join the House Of Lords? Votefornoneoftheabove
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4:26pm Mon 12 May 14

Mr Bump. says...

She's the Newport East MP.
She's the Newport East MP. Mr Bump.
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5:04pm Mon 12 May 14

Severn40 says...

The data shows clearly that the greatest growth in employment has been in full-time and not part-time. A perusal of the Labour market statistics has shown that full-time job growth is outstripping part-time job growth particularly amongst women. Perhaps Ms Morden in her next diatribe will correct her statement?
The data shows clearly that the greatest growth in employment has been in full-time and not part-time. A perusal of the Labour market statistics has shown that full-time job growth is outstripping part-time job growth particularly amongst women. Perhaps Ms Morden in her next diatribe will correct her statement? Severn40
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5:18pm Mon 12 May 14

Dai Rear says...

Will the alternative be full time contracts or no contracts at all? Banning stuff may be fun but be careful what you wish for.
Will the alternative be full time contracts or no contracts at all? Banning stuff may be fun but be careful what you wish for. Dai Rear
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7:07am Tue 13 May 14

Lastpost says...

You hypocrite Miss Morden. Some five years ago I wrote to you asking you to take up the plight of a group of Royal Mail workers in Newport who were on similar contracts.

We were the workers in your constituency who waited by our telephone each morning to see if we were lucky enough to be selected for work that day (one step up from the 1920s where our forefathers waited on street corners).

And what did you do to help us? Absolutely NOTHING. You didn't even bother to reply. Your promises above are pre election spin.
You hypocrite Miss Morden. Some five years ago I wrote to you asking you to take up the plight of a group of Royal Mail workers in Newport who were on similar contracts. We were the workers in your constituency who waited by our telephone each morning to see if we were lucky enough to be selected for work that day (one step up from the 1920s where our forefathers waited on street corners). And what did you do to help us? Absolutely NOTHING. You didn't even bother to reply. Your promises above are pre election spin. Lastpost
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