Take your point Granny but I don't like the way some workers are getting screwed by Big Corps especially the low paid. When I was earning decent money I didn't grumble about working a few extra hours for no pay but my lads just above minimum wage and regulary doing a few hours extra un paid per week in a shop-- which often takes him below minimum wage-- plus messing them around --changing their rotas at last minute, asking them to work days off etc.
Think the Southern rail one is about keeping guards on trains.
Yes Fish, it is the guards. I fully agree with sentiments of those who are caught in the ever decreasing circles of part time hours, and all the rota systems that often won't allow a second job to boost minimum wages. If companies were not given extras for employing part time workers , thus keeping the unemployment figures down, and forced to have a fully employed permanent staff on a regular rota that is staff friendly,it would be a whole lot less being paid in WTC, staff would know exactly what hours they work , would know exactly what pay they would get and know exactly when they had days off to take on other work if needed.
These major companies are employing minimum staff because it saves them money and they know that low wages are topped up by Government. Maybe all the tax payers should join the ranks too, as it's their money that goes towards paying all the benefits that support the major companies that are already paying them low rates. This goes on everywhere, even newscasters on TV are not permanent employees, mind you, they get high wages to compensate.
Let's not forget who introduced minimum wage,more part time hours, and job evaluation. This situation was bound to happen eventually, once every company jumped on the band waggon , because they were directed to do so. Economics that has backfired.