Maybe if her hair wasn’t the same colour as a rooster she could get a better job

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IRONIC: Looks like a rooster and works for KFC

The UNITE union is bleating about casual contracts.

Casual work contracts are leaving a growing number of families on the breadline, a budget adviser says.

The Unite Union, which represents about 7000 workers mostly in the fast food industry, has launched a campaign against zero hours contracts that offer no guaranteed work each week.

Mangere Budgeting Services chief executive Darryl Evans said over the past couple of years he had seen a rapid rise in the number of people with these contracts seeking budgeting assistance.

“It’s still less than 10 per cent of our clients but it’s definitely increasing.  Eighteen months ago I wouldn’t have known anybody on zero hours.  By next year it could be up to 15 or 20 per cent.”   

Evans said families in this situation often found it tough, living from pay cheque to pay cheque with no idea how much money they would be bringing in from week to week.

“You can’t budget and can’t manage a household when income is so erratic.  It’s just too difficult to survive.”

KFC worker and Unite Union member Tegan Tinsley said it was stressful not knowing how many hours she would be working each week.

“One week I’ll be really comfortable with my hours and the next week my hours will drop by 10 or 20 hours so I will start panicking and looking for a new job and then they will be bumped up again the next week.

Unite Union national director Mike Treen said the contracts were ripe for abuse by managers.

“We asked our members at the conference if they had ever been punished by having their hours cut, and more than half put their hands up.  I was quite surprised.”

Honestly these people just annoy the hell out of me.

They slag their bosses off and then wonder why they get less hours.

Consequences..oh and get a decent hair cut and lose the attitude and you might find work opportunities abound.

 

– Fairfax


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