Tags: working conditions

Matthew Sanders: Zero hour contracts – good for nobody

Recent media buzz about the use of zero hour contracts has divided both the public and UK businesses perception on the issue. News coverage has segmented the story every way from naming individual companies and looking at how it affects the public sector, right through to which sectors rely most heavily on zero hour contracts.…

Jobcentre strike over “oppressive working conditions”

Jobcentre call handlers staged a strike over what they called “oppressive working conditions and unrealistic targets”. The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union said the workers, who deal with inquiries from people who may be entitled to benefits, walked out in protest against a ‘target-driven’ culture. Staff from call centres in Dundee, Glasgow and Paisley…

Company failed to put a safe system of work into place

A man working with 2 colleagues lost his life while removing sludge and debris from within part of a cooling tower at Connah’s Quay Power Station on 27th August 2007. HSE deemed the incident to be entirely foreseeable, the deceased was working in poor light inside the tower, and had entered an enclosed culvert to…