National Minimum Wage

Part of Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 1:54 pm on 15th October 2014.

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Photo of Sheila Gilmore Sheila Gilmore Labour, Edinburgh East 1:54 pm, 15th October 2014

The exclusivity of zero-hours contracts is one issue, but it is not the only way in which they exploit people. A constituent of mine is a care worker who has to wait for a weekly text message telling her what hours she will be working at the end of that week. She has no choice either. The arrangement is causing severe problems in terms of her personal cash flow and her ability to obtain benefits and pay her rent, and, of course, it is also having a severe effect on the quality of the care that is being provided.