Zero Hour Contracts Immoral
The introduction of Zero Hour Contracts is the latest in a line of government edicts courtesy of neoliberal economics and the politics of selfishness to widen the gap between the rich and the poor and damage children.
Zero Hour Contracts are not only a licence to treat your fellow Kiwis unjustly it make a cruel nonsense of the Working For Families tax credit allowance.
To get the Working For Family tax credit, a single parent must work at least 20 hours a week and a couple must work 30 hours per week. But if you are not guaranteed those hours, because your employer engages you under a Zero Hour contract, then you are faced with either getting two jobs – the second of which might also be on a Zero Hour contract that conflicts with your first job contract- or miss out on the Working For Families assistance.
So on the one hand we have legislation that demands people find paid work in order to qualify for the Working For Families tax credit and on the other hand we have new legislation that allows Zero Hour contracts that can prevent people from getting that assistance through no fault of their own.
Zero Hour Contracts also mean you can’t budget because you don’t know for sure how much you have coming in each week. How is this going to stop hungry kids coming to school or folk having to access food banks just to get by?
There is always a human face to legislation passed in our House Of Representative; and more often than not it is a child’s face.
The whole idea of the deserving and undeserving poor that has become embodied in the Working For Families legislation is also morally wrong. That a child living in a home where the caregiver is not in work should be less financially supported by us, to the tune of about $60 a week, than the child of a poor home where the breadwinner has been able to find some regular paid work, is simply discrimination.
A child cannot be held responsible for whether their parents are in work or not. Nor can they be held responsible for badly thought out and conflicting legislation that effectively denies their Mum or Dad from earning enough to look after them.
With the introduction of Zero Hour Contracts, our government has reached a new moral low, which sees ANYONE who is poor and cannot get a regular job as undeserving.
We have a community responsibility to ALL our children to look after them, which also means we have to make sure their parents are not hindered in any way from earning a living that is enough to support them.
I’m sick of ” show me the money” – show me the conscience and the compassion.
– Bryan Bruce