Ministry of Truth DWP boss Iain Duncan Smith has raised collective eyebrows today by announcing that he wants to ban the phrase ‘zero hours contract’:
“Zero Hours Contract is badly named. I don’t know who came up with that idea. It should be named the flexible hours contract.
Indeed. What kind of buffoon would use such a phrase? Try … errrr … his own department and the think tank he founded.
Back in 2013, a report from the Centre for Social Justice called the rise in zero hours contracts “alarming” — and stated that they prevent workers searching for other jobs or re-skilling:
A 2013 report by civil servants is not only among a number of DWP documents which use the phrase “zero hours contracts” … but also reveals that his department used them to deliver the Work Programme!
“many Tier Two providers received very little income from the Work Programme. In some cases, lower than expected referrals had led to staff being laid off or kept on zero hours contracts.
The quiet man is here to stay (at least until May 7).